Seatbelts, airbags save lives of drivers in ‘phenomenal’ crash

One of the vehicles involved in a crash near Simcoe on Thursday, May 23. Photo provided by Norfolk OPP.

Provincial police in Norfolk County say two drivers are alive because they wore seatbelts and had airbags in their cars.

Police were called just after midnight to a collision involving two cars at the intersection of Concession 14 and Blueline Road northeast of Simcoe. A red car heading east on Concession 14 collided with a white car going north on Blueline Road.

While one of the drivers suffered minor injuries, an OPP spokesman said the situation could have had much more tragic results.

“It was a phenomenal impact,” said OPP constable Ed Sanchuk in a Periscope video posted to Twitter. “I’m glad to say seatbelts and airbags saved the lives of both drivers.

One of the vehicles involved in a crash near Simcoe on Thursday, May 23. Photo provided by Norfolk OPP.

Natural gas supply in the area had to be turned off for a time and some homes were evacuated because, according to Sanchuk, one of the cars hit a gas line.