A family of four was killed and two were injured in a fiery crash that swept through the central Ontario town of Abbotsford on Monday.
The four-vehicle crash in the early hours of Monday killed one man, a 58-year-old Abbotsfield man and a 57-year old Mountie who suffered critical injuries, said police.
The driver of a dark-coloured Honda sedan also suffered serious injuries and died at the scene, Abbotsport police said.
The vehicle carrying the three passengers was a dark Toyota Prius, police said, adding the driver of the Prius was believed to be a passenger.
The three other people in the vehicle suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment, police added.
A police statement said the Priuses had no injuries in the crash.
“We are investigating this as a fatal accident,” police said in the statement.
“The driver of one vehicle is being sought and has been identified as the driver.”
The Priuses were rented to a man in Abbots, and he had been driving the Prios for a couple of months, the statement said.
He was not involved in the accident, it added.
Abbots’ mayor said there was no word on the circumstances of the crash, and the town’s roads remained closed.
“It’s a very sad day,” Mayor Greg Stewart said at a news conference.
“This is not an isolated incident, but it is the kind of thing that can happen.”
Abbots police are looking for the dark-colored Toyota Priuses, the dark Toyota Highlander and a black Toyota Land Cruiser.
It is not known if the driver or the other passengers were wearing seat belts.
Stewart said the town had been in a “tough financial environment” and “this could have been a very bad outcome.”
Abbot has a population of about 4,400.
Abbot, Ont., is located about 20 kilometres west of Sudbury.
It’s a town of about 10,000 people, according to Statistics Canada.
Abbys town is about 35 kilometres north of the Ontario town, which has a smaller population.
The Prius is registered to an Ontario couple, the Abbots Fire Department said.
Abbey RCMP said it was investigating the crash as a “traffic collision.”
It is still unclear how many people were in the Priuss.
Abys town is just north of Abbot’s city limits, where a second crash killed a woman and injured a man on Monday morning.
Police said the man who died was from Abbots and was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The woman who was injured was taken to St. John’s Hospital.
Abbys RCMP said the vehicles were rented by a man and woman.
Abbecs police said the couple was in Abbys.
The couple was booked into the St. Catharines jail, and police said they were not aware of any charges in the case.
“At this point in time, there are no charges being laid against the driver,” Abbec’s police spokeswoman, Laura McRae, said in a statement.
Abbeys police are investigating the death as a traffic collision.
Abbes town is surrounded by the Abbys Lake area and the Lake District.
In Abbots-Kawartha, Ont.
, a two-vehicles crash in which a 40-year and a 30-year man were killed has left two more people injured.
A woman in her 20s was killed when a white Toyota Priuse was hit by a dark coloured Ford Expedition on Sunday night, the RCMP said in an online statement.
The man was pronounced deceased at the Lake Shore Hospital, police in Abbec said.
Police were still searching for the driver, a 40 years-old man from Abbec who was driving the Expedition.
The RCMP said they are investigating “what appears to be an accidental collision.”
In Abbec, a black SUV hit a red SUV in a southbound lane on Sunday, killing a man, his wife and a toddler.
Police in Abbes-Kendall, Ont, said the driver had been drinking and driving.
“He was also the subject of a police investigation for impaired driving,” police wrote in a Facebook post.
The SUV driver was taken into custody and is facing charges, the police statement added.
The family was out to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, police wrote.
“In this difficult time, we ask for privacy in respect of the grieving family and their loved ones,” police added in the post.
In St. Joseph, Que., a vehicle was driven into a group of people, killing four people and injuring at least five others.
The victims included a man who was in his 50s, a woman in his 70s, two men in their 60s, and a woman who had her 50s boyfriend by her side.
A man in his 20s died at a hospital.
Police have yet to release the names