Three hurt in two serious weekend accidents
A pregnant taxi passenger was among three victims sent to hospital over the weekend after a pair of serious accidents.
The woman was a passenger in a cab that got into an accident in Gravenhurst on Saturday, Sept. 15 at around 11:30 p.m. Police say they believe the cab drove through a stop sign without stopping.
After going through an intersection, OPP Const. Derek Wickett said the vehicle landed in a ditch at the intersection of Pinegrove Street and Fairview Drive. Ambulance and fire crews were also dispatched to the call.
Along with the woman, the cab driver was also injured.
“The vehicle sustained serious damage, requiring both (the driver and passenger) be extricated,” said Wickett.
Wickett said the woman and the driver were transported to South Muskoka Memorial Hospital with serious injuries. Air ambulance was also dispatched to transport the woman to the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto.
Wickett said it appears the driver was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. The driver was transported to St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto by ambulance.
As of press time, the driver is listed in critical condition while the woman is listed in stable condition.
The OPP’s Central Region Technical Traffic Collision Investigation Unit was also called in to investigate. Wickett said police officers are continuing to probe the circumstances that led to the accident.
Just one day earlier, a pickup truck was involved in an accident near Bonnie Lake Road and Highway 117. Wickett said the driver in that incident was transported to hospital, but suffered non-life-threatening injuries. An off-duty police officer was among those first on scene.
Wickett said that collision is also still under investigation and that no charges have been laid against the driver yet.