3 dead, 2 injured in head-on highway crash near Port Perry, Ont.
Man, 2 women who died were from Goodwood and Port Perry areas, police say
Three people are dead and two others are injured after a head-on crash near Port Perry, Ont., early Saturday.
Provincial police say the two-vehicle crash occurred on Highway 7/12 at 4th Line in Scugog township, which is about 80 kilometres northeast of Toronto. Police were called to the scene for a serious collision at about 1:15 a.m.
A northbound SUV with one person inside crossed into the southbound lanes of the highway, striking a southbound car with four people inside, according to Sgt. Kerry Schmidt, spokesperson for the OPP's Highway Safety Division.
The car rolled over and landed on its roof, he said.
Three people in the car were pronounced dead at the scene. They include the driver, described as a 59-year-old man from Goodwood, Ont., and two female passengers, described as a 55-year-old woman from Goodwood and a 44-year-old woman from Port Perry. The other passenger, a 41-year-old woman from Goodwood, suffered critical injuries.
Next of kin have been notified.
The driver from the SUV, a 68-year-old man from Greenbank, Ont., suffered serious injuries.
OPP trying to determine what happened
"The investigation is still obviously ongoing. There's a lot of work left yet to be done," Schmidt said on Saturday.
"Our collision reconstruction team is actively working and going through all the evidence, trying to determine exactly what happened and why."
No charges have been laid.
Schmidt said it doesn't appear that the road and weather conditions played a role in the crash. He said the highway is two-lane provincial roadway with no centre barrier.
"Obviously, we are looking to see whether or not alcohol, drugs, distraction or aggressive driving may have been contributing factors," Schmidt said.
"No conclusions have been made at this time."
Crash occurred during Operation Impact
Schmidt noted the triple fatal crash comes as the OPP has joined a national Thanksgiving long weekend campaign by police forces to make roads safer. The campaign, which is called "Operation Impact," is focusing on the four leading causes of road fatalities: aggressive driving, impaired driving, inattentive driving and failure to use a seatbelt.
"We call them the 'big four' here in Ontario," he said.
"This weekend, police forces all across Canada are going to be targeting those high risk behaviours, trying to prevent the number of collisions and fatalities that we've seen as a result. We want people to understand the consequences of a bad decision."
The OPP has investigated 156 fatalities so far this year connected to one of the big four causes. The number doesn't include the latest deaths.
"It's certainly devastating news for us and certainly for the families involved in that horrific crash," he said.
Highway 7/12 — all lanes of which were closed in both directions between Scugog 3rd Line and Scugog 4th Line as officers investigated — was reopened at 9:30 a.m.
3 dead, 2 seriously injured in head-on collision on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Hwy7?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Hwy7</a>/12 at 4th line in Scugog. <br>SUV NB, crossed into SB lanes colliding with SB car<br>Lone male driver in SUV and female passenger from car in hospital.<br>Male driver and 2 females pass. from the car pronounced deceased at scene <a href="https://t.co/8CZe2DIa18">pic.twitter.com/8CZe2DIa18</a>—@OPP_HSD
CLEARED:Road Closure: Hwy7&12 remains CLOSED at 3rd Li <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PortPerry?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#PortPerry</a> - All lanes are now OPEN. ^ag—@OPP_COMM_CR
Cleared: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PortPerry?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#PortPerry</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HWY7?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HWY7</a>/12 between Scugog 3rd Line & Scugog 4th Line, all lanes are reopened.—@511ONCentral
With files from Natalie Nanowski