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Two drivers rescued from fiery head-on collision

One was transported to a trauma centre with serious injuries
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Photo provided by Ontario Provincial Police

TOWN OF ERIN - On Sept. 25, 2018 at approximately 9:30 p.m., a Wellington County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer patrolling Wellington Road 124 came across serious head-on collision near Fifth Line, Erin.

A west bound SUV and an east bound sedan had collided at a curve in the road. A passerby had pulled one driver, a 74-year-old man from Erin, from the sedan.

The driver of the SUV, a 53-year-old Erin man, was trapped. As the officer and two passersby attempted to pull the semiconscious man from the SUV, it erupted into fire. The man was narrowly pulled from the vehicle suffering injuries including smoke inhalation.

Town of Erin Fire and Emergency Services attended and extinguished the fire. Guelph-Wellington Paramedics Service also attended and provided medical treatment.

The 74-year-old driver was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The 53-year-old man was transported to a local hospital and later transferred to a trauma centre with serious injuries. Both drivers were the lone occupants of their respective vehicles.

The cause of the collision is currently being investigated. The roadway was closed for a few hours but is now open.

The Wellington County OPP is asking anyone that may have witnessed this collision to please call 1-888-310-1122.