PELHAM, Ont. – Three people died and five others were sent to the hospital following a fiery crash in the heart of Ontario’s wine county, according to local police on Friday.

Const. Rich Gadreau of the Niagara Region Police Service said the tragic collision occurred early morning of Friday on a rural road near St. Catharines, Ontario.

The head-on collision had caused one of the vehicles to be engulfed in flames.
One passenger of the car was able to escape but three others inside the vehicle failed to do so, according to Gadreau via telephone patch.

The four occupants of the other vehicle along with the passenger who was able to escape were flown to different nearby hospitals, he added.

One man was flown to Hamilton in a condition believed to be serious. The other victim’s conditions remain unknown.

Identities of the victims are expected not to be released for several days.
The fiery end of the crash will complicate the investigation.

Jeff Youngblood revealed that one of the victims that were airlifted was his father.
He added that his parents, and another couple, were returning from Hamilton Airport after their trip to Calgary.

Youngblood’s mother and her friends received medical attention and subsequently released.

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