A devastating two-vehicle collision late Saturday night in Huntsville, Ontario, has resulted in the tragic loss of five lives, including four teenagers from the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and emergency services rushed to the scene of the accident on Highway 60, between Canal Road and Hidden Valley Road, shortly after 11 p.m. Authorities report that an SUV traveling westbound collided with another SUV heading east.
Tragically, the westbound vehicle, a Mercedes SUV, was carrying four teenagers, aged between 15 and 17, from the North York and Richmond Hill areas. The OPP confirmed that all four teens were pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the eastbound vehicle, a Ford SUV, was identified as a 42-year-old woman from Huntsville. Despite being rushed to Huntsville Memorial Hospital, she sadly succumbed to her injuries.
Highway 60, a critical thoroughfare in the region, was closed for several hours as officers conducted their preliminary investigation. It has since reopened, but the police investigation into the cause of the collision continues.
The OPP is reaching out to the public for assistance. Anyone who witnessed the crash or has video/dash camera footage and has not yet spoken with police is urged to contact the Huntsville OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Additionally, anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
This tragic event has cast a somber mood over the community, with many expressing their condolences to the families of the deceased. The investigation is ongoing, and the OPP has not released any further information at this time.