Three people were killed in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 6 near Caledonia on Wednesday night.
Seven youths returning from a youth group outing in Hamilton were in a passenger van, operated by a 27-year-old New Credit man, traveling south along the highway when a northbound vehicle struck it head-on. The crash happened at shortly after 9 p.m.
Two girls, ages 12 and 14, of New Credit and the driver of the northbound vehicle, a 21-year-old Six Nations man, suffered serious injuries and died at the scene.
“Several people are in hospital with serious and possibly life-altering injuries,” said OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk.
Sanhuck said police have “more questions than answers right now” about the crash.
“This is a horrific collision,” he added. “We have to figure out what happened and how it happened so this doesn’t happen again.”
Police will be meeting with family and community members in New Credit Thursday.
Stacey Laforme of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First nation says another vehicle carrying roughly eight other students was travelling alongside the van at the same time, but was not involved in the accident.
Laforme says the tragedy has hit the tight-knit community hard.
Police are still investigating the cause of the accident.
Ontario Provincial Police technical traffic collision investigators are assisting with the investigation.
The victims’ names have not been released.
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