One person is dead and three others were injured after a head-on crash closed off a section of Highway 118 West just outside of Bracebridge early this week.
Highway 118 West between Ziska Road and Kirrie Glen Road was closed in both directions on the afternoon of Monday, October 15 as firefighters from Muskoka Lakes and Bracebridge extricated patients from a two-vehicle accident. At least one patient was air lifted. (Photo by Louis Tam)
The accident happened at around 2 p.m. on Monday, October 15, when a Chrysler Intrepid and a Volvo minivan collided between Kirrie Glen Road and Ziska Road. Fire crews from Muskoka Lakes were called in to extricate passengers from the wreck and called in crews from the Bracebridge Fire Department to assist. Bracebridge OPP Const. Derek Wickett said one female passenger was killed in the accident and rescuers had to extricate two people from one of the vehicles.
“From the initial investigation conducted at the scene, it appeared the lone male occupant in the eastbound Volvo crossed the centre line, colliding head-on with the westbound Chrysler Intrepid,” said OPP Const. Derek Wickett. “The male driver and front female passenger of the Chrysler Intrepid were extricated from the vehicle by the Bracebridge Fire Department and the Muskoka Lakes Fire Department with serious injuries. The female passenger who was sitting in the rear seat of the Intrepid was pronounced deceased at the scene by the attending coroner.”
As a sudden downpour of rain pelted the scene, an air ambulance helicopter arrived to transport one female passenger with serious injuries to St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. The two male drivers of both vehicles were sent to hospital by ambulance to the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital.
The male driver of the Intrepid was later airlifted to Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto due to the extent of his injuries. Police and District of Muskoka road crews then shut down vehicular traffic in both directions of Highway 118 West, and traffic collision investigation crews were called in to investigate afterwards. Throughout the afternoon, traffic was diverted onto Kirrie Glen Road and Ziska Road around the accident scene. Highway 118 West was reopened around 6:30 p.m., and police are still investigating the accident’s cause.