UPDATE: Petawawa driver seriously injured in crash
Sean Chase/Daily Observer Police continue to investigate a collision between a snowmobile and a mini-van at the intersection of Murphy Road and the Algonquin Trail late Friday night. The driver of the snowmobile sustained serious head injuries and was taken to a trauma unit in Ottawa.
PETAWAWA - One person remains in serious condition following a collision between a snowmobile and a mini-van on Murphy Road late Friday night.
The 24-year-old male driver of the motorized snow vehicle (MSV) suffered serious injuries following the accident which took place where the Algonquin Trail intersects with Murphy Road. The collision occurred around 10 p.m.
The name of the victim, identified as a Petawawa resident, was not released. County of Renfrew paramedics rushed the driver to the Pembroke Regional Hospital. Director of Emergency Services and chief of the County of Renfrew Paramedic Service Michael Nolan Mike Nolan said Saturday the victim sustained serious head injuries. He was later transported by Ornge Land ambulance to the Ottawa Civic Hospital's trauma unit. The occupants of the mini-van were unharmed.
The Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police said the accident is under investigation. Officers closed off Murphy Road between Herman Street and Petawawa Boulevard for several hours so members of the OPP Technical Collision Investigation (TCI) could conduct their examination of the collision site. The roadway was reopened at 4 a.m. Saturday morning.
While the circumstances of the accident are still under investigation, Nolan said snowmobile operators should exercise care when heading out on the trails around the region ensuring they wear proper safety equipment and are not under the influence of alcohol. They should also check weather conditions especially if they are travelling over bodies of water. As this has been a relatively light winter, Nolan said they have not experienced a large number of accidents so far this year.
“It's been a better than average season for snowmobile mishaps,” he said.
The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) Trail 'A' currently runs through the Algonquin Trail, the decommissioned Canadian Pacific Railway line, which crosses Murphy Road and several other major arteries in the town.