Maple­ton col­li­sion claims the lives of two driv­ers

The Woolwich Observer - - NEWS -

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.

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