Joseph Pepin and Cara Duval, two patients who escaped from a mental-health facility in North Bay, Ont.,​ have been located after they were injured in a head-on crash in Saint-Simon-de-Rimouski, Que.​

The pair were involved in a collision Wednesday afternoon at about 3:45 p.m.

Pepin is seriously injured, but expected to survive, and is currently in a Rimouski hospital. Duval and the driver of the other vehicle were not seriously hurt.

It is not yet clear whether Duval is in hospital or police custody.

Quebec provincial police are investigating the cause of the accident, which occurred in light snow on a straight road.

Police have notified the North Bay Police Service about the situation.

Earlier Wednesday, North Bay police said Pepin and Duval had been "located" in Trois-Pistoles, Que.

Patients spotted earlier in Maritimes

Duval, who also goes by Cara Donnelly, and Pepin, were reported missing from the North Bay Regional Health Centre's mental health and law program on Jan. 22, at about 6 p.m. The two patients failed to return from permitted off-unit privileges.

Police said the pair posed “a significant threat to public safety.”

Mary Lugli of the North Bay police has said Duval and Pepin were found not criminally responsible for their actions and are part of a program to be reintegrated into the community, but still require monitoring and supervision. 

Duval and Pepin were in Hanwell, N.B., on Jan. 27, according to New Brunswick RCMP.

They were identified on video surveillance at an Irving gas station on Hanwell Road at about 2:30 p.m., Cpl. Chantal Farrah said in a statement.

On Sunday, Feb. 1, the two were spotted in Doaktown, N.B., trying to rent an apartment.

By Monday, Feb. 2, they were seen in Truro, N.S. Janice Tobin, of Eagle's Landing B&B in Truro, told CBC's Maritime Noon that Duval and Pepin tried to rent a room from her around 3 p.m. on Monday.

She said Duval came in and asked about rates, and whether the bed and breakfast accepted cash. She then said she was going to check with her "hubby," but the couple drove away.

On Tuesday, the pair were in Oxford, N.S., said RCMP Sgt. Al LeBlanc.