Four vehicle crash on Ninth Street sends two to hospital

Four vehicles are involved in a chain reaction crash on Ninth Street in Cornwall, Ont. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. Two people were taken to hospital by paramedics for observation. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – Two people were taken to Cornwall Community Hospital by paramedics after a crash involving two cars, an SUV and a minivan.

The collision happened in the eastbound lanes of Ninth Street, between York Street and Augustus Street, around 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

A Hyundai Elantra, Nissan Rogue, Hyundai Accent and Dodge Grand Caravan were involved in the chain reaction crash.

Cornwall Police Service Sgt. Derek Duchesne told Cornwall Newswatch an older woman, complaining of a stiff neck, and a pregnant woman were transported to hospital by Cornwall-SDG Paramedic Services to be checked over as a precaution.

The construction at Ninth Street and Pitt Street, where one eastbound lane is closed for sidewalk work, is likely one factor in the crash.

Duchesne said they are still piecing the sequence of events together but early indications are the first two vehicles – the car and SUV – were stopped for a backlog of traffic heading toward Ninth, when the third car plowed into them, followed by the fourth minivan.

A section of Ninth Street between York and Augustus was closed to traffic for an investigation and cleanup. It reopened around 2:15 p.m.

A Hyundai Accent is wedged under the rear end of a Nissan Rogue on Ninth Street on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019 after a chain reaction crash. Two people were taken to hospital for observation. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)