A single-vehicle accident near Wallaceburg is now being investigated by Chatham-Kent police; the collision injured four people.
At approximately 2:15 p.m. Saturday afternoon, police were dispatched to Kimble Road near Wallaceburg in response to the accident.
Authorities say a blue Volkswagen Golf was travelling southbound on Kimble Road when it crossed over beyond the oncoming lane of traffic and struck a bridge railing abutment head-on.
The driver, a 56-year-old man from Wallaceburg, suffered critical injuries and was transported to a hospital in Windsor.
Two 12-year-old boys also suffered critical injuries and were transported to a hospital in London.
A 15-year-old boy suffered moderate injuries and was taken to a hospital in Chatham.
Witnesses are being sought to shed light on what happened in the moments leading up to the crash. The names of the four involved have not been released. Chatham-Kent police say the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or to contact Const. Michael Pearce at 519-355-1092.
While an accident cause has not been identified, it is important to remember that there are many distractions inside and outside of our vehicles that can cause serious auto accidents, such as the Wallaceburg crash. Luckily, there were no fatalities in this accident, but other drivers in a similar circumstance may not be so fortunate.
A report on Ontario Road Safety issued by the Ministry of Transportation cites inattentive driving as an increasing threat to the provinces motorists. In 2011, 72 people were killed because of inattentive driving a number that rose 14.3 percent from 2010.
If you've suffered an accident because of another drivers inattention to the road, you could be eligible for compensation because of what happened to you.