Ontario Provincial Police charged an Ottawa man with careless driving after a head-on collision sent two people to hospital, one in an air ambulance. 

The driver, a 59-year-old man, crossed the centre line of the road and collided with another vehicle head-on on County Road 17, just east of McTeer Road in Clarence-Rockland and near the intersection with Highway 174, police said.

He has been charged with careless driving and driving while under suspension.

The call came in to the OPP around 9 a.m. One of the two drivers was sent to hospital in a land ambulance while the other driver was airlifted to hospital. 

Police couldn't say which of the two drivers required the air ambulance. 

The driver who was airlifted suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries to the lower body, according to Mike Chretien, director of emergency services for the Prescott and Russell Emergency Services Department.

Both drivers, who were driving alone at the time of the collision, had to be extricated from their vehicles by Ottawa firefighters. 

Both people were conscious when first responders arrived, Chretien said. 

Ottawa police officers and first responders from the Clarence-Rockland Fire Department and the Prescott and Russel Emergency Services assisted the OPP at the scene of the collision. 


  • Based on information from the Ontario Provincial Police, a previous version of this story said the man had allegedly fallen asleep at the wheel. Their account of events has since been updated.
    Jun 18, 2017 9:18 PM ET