7 Ontario Teens Dead In 2 Separate Car Crashes; 5 In Hospital
PARRY SOUND, Ont. - Seven teenagers have died in two separate car crashes in northern Ontario and five people have been sent to hospital with serious injuries.
Provincial police say four teens died Tuesday afternoon in a three-vehicle collision on Highway 69 near Parry Sound, Ont..
Investigators say the driver of a Chevrolet Camaro lost control on the icy road south of Shawanaga, crossed the centre line and was hit by a Honda Civic and a Chevrolet Optra.
The occupants of the Camaro — driver Jessica Chamberland, 18, and passenger Alyssa McKeown, 17, both of Barrie, Ont., — died at the scene.
Civic driver Torry McIntyre-Courville, 18, of Sudbury, Ont., also died at the scene and passenger Cole Howard, 19, also of Sudbury, died later in hospital.
The other Civic passengers — Nicholas Bradley, 19, of Lively, Ont., and Connor Kennedy, 14, — have been transported to hospitals in Toronto and are in critical condition.
Optra driver Josephine McKechnie, 58, of Sudbury, was treated for minor injuries at the West Parry Sound Health Centre and released.
The scene of the collision, five kilometres north of the intersection of Woods Road and Highway 69, was closed for more than six hours while police investigated.
Another collision east of Sudbury, Ont. left three teenagers dead and sent three people to hospital.
Police say a minivan carrying four teens from the Renfrew area crossed the centre line on Highway 17 near Hagar about 6 p.m. Tuesday, striking a Jeep with two people inside.
Two passengers in the van, Keegan Melville, 18, of Horton Township, and Zabrina Rekowski, 19, of Renfrew, were killed.
The driver of the van, Hillary Afelski, 19, of Admaston-Bromely Township, was taken to hospital in critical condition and died Wednesday afternoon.
The fourth occupant, Emily Olmstead, 19, of Whitewater Region Township, was also taken to hospital.
The two people in the Jeep, Walter Rancourt, 72, and Patricia Rancourt, 71, both of Sturgeon Falls, were taken to hospital with serious injuries. Police could not say how they are related.
Police are continuing to investigate the collision.