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A man is dead after his Honda Civic collided with a Dodge Caravan in a serious crash in Metcalfe, south of Ottawa.

The crash happened before 4 p.m. Sunday on 8th Line Road south of Parkway Road.

Firefighters extricated the mother, who was driving the Dodge, by removing the dash and driver's side door. They also removed the child from the van, who was not trapped.

Firefighters began to extricate the driver of the Honda but once paramedics were able to assess the man, he was declared dead on scene.

The mother and child were taken to hospital with unknown injuries.

Police are asking drivers to avoid the area.