Baby, preschooler and 13-year old involved in head-on crash escape injuries

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Force of crash ripped engine from one car, sent both drivers to hospital

East Prince RCMP is investigating a head-on collision Tuesday evening in Baltic involving two people in a car and five people -- three of them children -- in an SUV.

Two adults remain in hospital but two children and a baby weren't injured after a head-on collision involving a car and SUV in Baltic Tuesday evening.

The force of the crash tore the engine from the car, making it fly across the highway and come to rest in a ditch on the opposite side. The two drivers are still in hospital being treated for their injuries.

The crash, which took place just before 7 p.m., involved a Chevy Cobalt being driven by a 20-year-old Summerside woman on the Malpeque Road just north of Route 103. It appears she crossed the centre line and struck a Dodge Journey. The driver remains in Prince County Hospital but her passenger, a 21-year-old Summerside man, was treated and released.

The 37-year-old New Annan man driving the Journey was transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital to treat fractures. He and his 27-year-old female passenger had to be extracted from the vehicle using the Jaws of Life. Three children in the SUV, aged 13 years, 3 years and two months, and had no apparent injuries.

Police believe that injuries were limited due to the proper use of seatbelts and the presence of air bags in the vehicles.

East Prince RCMP is investigating to determine if speed and driver inattention were factors in the crash. Investigators note that weather and road conditions were excellent at the time. They haven't decided yet whether there will be any charges.

Organizations: Prince County Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, RCMP

Geographic location: Summerside, Malpeque Road

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  • Spend Tax Dollars where they're needed
    August 09, 2012 - 09:15

    It would appear to me that the Minister of Transportation is going to spend millions of dollars on a section of the Trans Canada that has no more accidents than other parts of Island roads. Perhaps Islanders should question why our tax dollars are being spent there, and how those dollars could be spent actually preventing accidents. If a ten year old could figure that out, why can't Mr. Vessey?

  • Also on scene
    August 08, 2012 - 21:12

    Lets put the blame where it belongs! The young female driver was speeding and passing multiple cars up a hill! Thankfully everyone survived!! She needs to be charged! Start teaching these drivers that a car can be a killing machine!

  • ON SCENE
    August 08, 2012 - 18:55

    So what about the innocent family of five in the other vehicle? Don't be so quick to defend until you know all the facts. As someone who was helping the victims on scene it was a miracle yes that someone wasn't killed. By the way, I DO know the facts!

  • shadow
    August 08, 2012 - 10:57

    How do u know she was texting. Have u ever driven on that route. The roads aren't very wide and there isn't much room shoulders. Not to mention they are extremely twisting. Take a drive and see for yourself. Innocent....till proven guilty I concur. Lets just thank god that no one very killed. Hoy Hoy u forgot to mention drugs and alcohol since your speculating. Enough said. The parent of a 17&20 year old.

  • only on PEI
    August 08, 2012 - 10:28

    Innocent - until proven guilty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • HOY HOY
    August 08, 2012 - 09:22

    Hmmmnn ... other wise healthy 20 year old female crossed the centre line ... there would be no way on earth she was texting cause' that's against the law ...right ?