Collision closes County Rd. 43 between Chesterville and Finch as man survives harrowing crash with transport

Firefighters block access to County Rd. 43 at the Chesterville intersection with County Rd. 7. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Update: Detours removed as of Saturday morning, Sept. 21

CHESTERVILLE — Detours went up around a section of County Rd. 43 between Chesterville and Finch as the SD&G OPP and local firefighters dealt with a collision involving a transport and car at the 43 intersection with County Rd. 11 and Finch Winchester Boundary Rd.

Occurring around 5 p.m., the crash sent the solitary male driver of the car to hospital by air ambulance, the man’s mother has confirmed for NVN.

“I’m just grateful that he only has the injury that he has it will be a long recovery but he his alive,” the woman wrote in a Facebook comment. She said in a Facebook message that her son was returning home from work at the time of the collision and was not using a cell phone.

NVN observed a transport truck and an empty demolished car at the scene, around 7 p.m., some time after the actual crash. Police and firefighters waited in their respective vehicles, a pickup truck and a cruiser, focused on keeping the detour in place. An officer emerged to put down flares at the end of the Boundary Rd. The truck appeared otherwise undamaged.

Garry Brugmans of Chesterville also said in Facebook post that he had observed the scene, adding of the survivor: “I’m glad he is ok. He’s a lucky man.”

According to the SD&G OPP, both involved vehicles were headed westbound on County Rd. 43. Driven by a 31-year-old man, the tractor trailer was about to turn onto County Road 11. The truck driver was uninjured, while the 24-year-old man behind the wheel of the car sustained “serious, non-life-threatening injuries,” according to police.

“In this collision early indications are that the tractor trailer was stopped, then the Mazda struck him,” said SD&G OPP Const. Tylor Copeland.

Both motorists were alone in their vehicles. The crash remains under investigation.

This article has been edited to include new information relating to the status of the driver of the car and edited again to include information from the SD&G OPP.

The demolished car at the scene, some time after the driver had been evacuated by air ambulance. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

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