Mapleton collision claims the lives of two drivers
TWO VEHICLES COLLIDED HEAD on in Mapleton Township Saturday afternoon, resulting in the death of both drivers and injury of one passenger.
The driver of the first vehicle, a 2015 Ford Explorer, 74-year-old Beverly Coveny of St. Mary’s, was driving southbound along County 12. The driver had a female passenger and was towing a boat. The driver of the second vehicle, a 2017 Jeep Compass, indentified as 38-year-old Trevor Vollett of Arthur, was travelling northbound.
According to Wellington County OPP Cst. Marylou Schwindt, the southbound driver was in the northbound lane “for reasons unknown.” The northbound driver of the Compass would have been travelling just over a hill when the two vehicles struck.
“Unfortunately, the driver of the Compass would not have had time to even react and they collided,” says Constable Schwindt.
Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene. The female passenger of the Explorer was trapped for approximately 90 minutes, and was then airlifted to London Health Sciences Centre in critical condition. Her condition was subsequently upgraded to stable.
There was also a dog in the Explorer that was hurt during the crash. A veterinarian in Drayton came to the scene to provide treatment. The condition of the dog was not known to the OPP.
Anyone with information or who witnessed the crash is urged to call the Wellington County OPP at 888-310-1122.