Four people were killed in a head-on collision between an SUV and a pickup truck just east of Peterborough late Tuesday afternoon.
The collision occurred at approximately 5:15 pm on U.S. Route 7, just east of the Drummond Line near the Blue Jay Motel in Otonaby South Monaghan Township.
Another was first taken by paramedics to the Peterborough Regional Health Center before being taken to a hospital in Toronto for treatment of serious injuries in an orange air ambulance.
The cause of the collision is under investigation by the Peterborough County OPP.
Police said Highway 7 traffic in both directions between Keene Road and Heritage Line/Highway 28 was closed and OPP members trained in crash recovery measured and recorded the scene.
Anyone who may have witnessed a crash or has video/dashcam footage of a crash and has not spoken to police, call OPP Detachment in Peterborough County at 1-888-310-1122 can.
Firefighters in Otonabee-South Monaghan Township free people trapped in rubble.
Police urged people to avoid the area.
Through traffic was being diverted along the service road.
The crash scene may be blocked for several hours due to the response and Peterborough County OPP investigation. There was no immediate word on when the lane will reopen.
It’s the second fatality on that section of Highway 7 in a week. Just last Wednesday night, Peterborough’s 30-year-old walker Shanaqua Lawrence Died after being hit by a commercial truck Located off Highway 7 between Lancaster Road and Keene Road.