Chenaux – Two people were taken to hospital with unknown injuries following a collision in the intersection of Hwy. 653, north of Hwy. 17 at Haley Station, and Storyland Land Road/Queen’s Line last Thursday morning at about 11 a.m.
The crash involved a GMC pick-up truck pulling a trailer with an ATV in it and a Ford Edge. The pick-up was travelling from Quebec towards Hwy. 17 when the collision occurred in the intersection, known to locals as the Four Corners. The SUV was travelling westbound on Storyland Road. Following the impact, the two vehicles ended up in the lot at J.R.’s Country Store where a third parked vehicle was struck. The vehicles came to rest about four feet away from gasoline pumps.
Bill McHale of Bromley Farm Supply in Douglas was one of the first people on the scene. A member of the Douglas Fire Department, he immediately checked on the occupants of the vehicles and then ran into the store asking staff to turn off electricity to the pumps as a safety precaution.
Horton Fire Chief Allan Cole said two occupants of the SUV were trapped and extricated by members of the Renfrew Fire Department which provides extrication services to Horton Township.
“We closed the highway to let firefighters do their job,” he said. “Two people were transported with undetermined injuries.”
The driver of the third vehicle and a passenger, a Ford work van, was in the store at the time of the crash.
Provincial police from Renfrew investigated the crash and said injuries were not life-threatening.
“The vehicles were only about four feet away from the gas pumps so potentially it could have been more serious than what it turned out to be,” an officer at the scene said.
Several paramedics from the Renfrew County Paramedic Service responded to the crash.