Chatham-Kent police traffic unit. (Photo by Matt Weverink)

Two CK residents airlifted to hospital following serious crashes

A 23-year-old Wallaceburg woman and a 33-year-old Chatham man both suffered life-threatening injuries during two separate single-vehicle crashes in Chatham-Kent.

Police said the first crash took place shortly after 10:30 a.m. Tuesday on Kimball Road just north of Langstaff Line in Wallaceburg.

Officers said their initial investigation showed that a 23-year-old Wallaceburg woman was driving northbound when she lost control of the vehicle. At that point, it went off the road before hitting a hydro pole and a ditch culvert and eventually came to a stop on a neighbouring lawn.

She was rushed to the hospital in Wallaceburg, then airlifted to a London hospital. A section of Langstaff Line was closed for several hours on Tuesday for the police investigation and clean-up.

The second crash took place at around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday on Tecumseh Line just west of Merlin Road in Prairie Siding.

Investigators said it’s believed a 33-year-old Chatham man was heading west on Tecumseh Line when he lost control of his vehicle, sending it off the road and into a hydro pole and a culvert.

He was taken to the hospital in Chatham and then he was also airlifted to a London hospital. Tecumseh Line was closed between Pump Road and Merlin Road for several hours overnight for the police investigation and so that hydro crews could repair the hydro pole that was hit, but the road has since re-opened.

The CKPS Traffic Unit is investigating both of the collisions and they are asking anyone with information to contact Constable Randy Whittaker at randyw@chatham-kent.ca or 519-355-1092.