Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers are currently investigating a three-vehicle collision that took place just before 9 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7 near the Klomps Nursery business between Stratford and St. Marys.
Three people were transported to a local hospital with what police described as "non life-threatening injuries."
According to an OPP news release, "preliminary investigation has revealed a transport truck and trailer was travelling southbound on Perth Road 119 (Highway 7) when it initially collided with a Subaru Outback that was travelling eastbound on Line 20 (St. Pauls Road). The transport truck and trailer then left the roadway on the east side of the road and struck a hydro pole and a northbound Ford sedan."
Constable Jamie Stanley, community services officer for the OPP, told the Journal Argus this was the second collision to take place at the Klomps Nursery corner in the space of a day. The circumstances in the other collision, which took place at about 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 5, were somewhat uncommon, with a transport truck coming to a stop in the Highway 7 off-ramp onto the St. Pauls Road, and then unexpectedly reversing into a motorcycle.
According to Constable Stanley, two passengers on the motorbike, a male and a female both from Cambridge, sustained minor injuries and were transported by land ambulance to a local hospital. Investigation indicates the truck driver came to a stop, then hit reverse and backed into the front tire of the motorcycle as the vehicle's driver quickly attempted to avert the crash.A male and a female from Cambridge.
The driver of transport, a 46 year-old male from Mississauga, is charged with careless driving.
The Ontario Ministry of Transportation, which maintains that stretch of Highway 7, has a confirmed plan to tear up the conventional Stop sign-controlled intersection and replace it with a roundabout -- similar to two Highway 7 roundabouts installed last year near St. Marys -- but announced earlier this year that the planned construction schedule has been delayed until 2015.
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A land expropriation process has recently been commenced by the Ministry for properties adjacent to the intersection. Notice of the application for approval to expropriate was first published on July 16; affected landowners are afforded 30 days (until Friday, Aug. 15) to notify the Ministry if they have questions or concerns.
During the construction of the two roundabout intersections near St. Marys, the Ministry provided communication to area residents suggesting the style of intersection leads to a significant decrease in the number of injury-causing collisions. Instead, any collisions tend to be rear-enders, with vehicles travelling at decreased speeds compared to traditional Stop sign-controlled intersections.
As of 11 a.m. on Aug. 7, crews were on the scene at the Klomps Nursery corner, removing the damaged vehicles and making repairs to the downed hydro wires. Police estimated the road would be closed for a duration of between 2-4 hours.
The injured parties from the collision included two occupants from the Subaru Outback and a single occupant from the Ford sedan. The driver of the transport truck was uninjured.
"The cause of the crash remains under investigation," stated the OPP news release. "Any person with information regarding this collision should immediately contact the Perth County OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000."