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Perth County Vehicle Collisions - February 25, 2014

Web posted on February 25, 2014

32 CRASHES IN PERTH COUNTY

(PERTH COUNTY, ON) - On Friday February 21, 2014, Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were running off their feet responding to 32 motor vehicle collisions.

The collisions occurred throughout The County with the majority taking place on east / west roads. These roads were subject to high winds, blowing wet snow and a buildup of slush and ice.

Beside cars sliding off of roads into snowbanks, numerous trucks and trailers ended up in ditches or jackknifed on roadways. Three vehicles struck and snapped hydro poles but Injuries were none to minimal with the exception of one crash west of Atwood (See below).

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INJURED CHILD AIRLIFTED TO HOSPITAL

(MUNICIPALITY OF NORTH PERTH, ON) - On Friday February 21, 2014, around 2:25 p.m., Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were dispatched to a single motor vehicle collision on Line 75 approximately one kilometer west of Atwood.

Investigation revealed that a 2003 Chevy Venture minivan was being driven west bound on Line 75, when the driver lost control of the vehicle and it entered the north ditch. The van struck the guide wire of a hydro pole which resulted in the breaking of the pole. The van came to rest against a large tree. At this point the pole toppled down on the roof of the van causing it to cave. A four year old female passenger who was seated in a booster seat on the rear bench seat of the van sustained major injuries.

The injured four year old passenger was extricated by the North Perth Fire Department (Atwood Station), after it could be determined by Hydro One workers that the downed hydro lines were not live. The four year old was transported by air ambulance to a London Hospital for treatment. The female driver, a 32 year old Municipality of Huron East resident, and a seven year old female passenger, were transported to a local hospital to be checked out.

At the time of the crash winds were gusting and the road conditions were wet, slushy and slippery. The Perth County OPP is continuing their investigation into this collision.


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