A tragic multi-vehicle accident claimed the life of a new mother and left her infant and three others injured in a construction zone in Melancthon, Ontario, as per the local provincial police. The harrowing accident occurred on Tuesday, around 3:10 p.m., on County Road 124, just south of the 20th Sideroad.
Officials explained that a transport truck ploughed into a lineup of vehicles stalled in the construction zone, resulting in a massive collision involving a total of seven vehicles.
The 31-year-old woman from Barrie, newly thrust into motherhood, met an untimely demise at the site of the collision. Her infant miraculously survived the tragic circumstances and was promptly transported to a children’s hospital for needed medical attention, suffering non-life-threatening injuries.
Alongside them, three more individuals were harmed in the crash. A 67-year-old man, critically wounded, had to be airlifted to a specialized trauma centre for immediate medical attention. Simultaneously, a 45-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man were rushed to a nearby hospital, thankfully with non-life-threatening injuries.
Given the magnanimity of the scene and the search for answers to this unsettling accident, the police are fervently requesting public assistance. Anyone who might have witnessed the tragic event, have access to video footage or provide any information that may aid in the ongoing investigation is being encouraged to contact the Dufferin OPP at their dedicated hotline.