4 dead after head-on collision on Hwy. 7 east of Peterborough: OPP

Four people have died following a head-on collision on Highway 7, east of Peterborough, Ont., on Tuesday evening.

Around 5:15 p.m., Peterborough County OPP responded to a head-on collision between a pickup truck and a SUV on the highway near Drummond Line in Otonabee-South Monaghan Township.

Four people were pronounced deceased at the scene, OPP said.

They were identified as 42-year-old Jason Schmidt, driver of the pickup truck, Riddick Hart, 18, Jonathan MacDonnell, 46, and Stephanie Hart, 52, all travelling in the other vehicle.

“A young female passenger of the SUV was transported to a Toronto area hospital with life-threatening injuries,” police said.

No details have been released yet on the victims.

“The cause of the collision remains under investigation. Highway 7 remains closed between Keene Road and Heritage Line while members trained in collision reconstruction measure and document the scene,” police said.

Hwy. 7 is expected to remain closed for “several hours” after the crash.

Anyone who may have witnessed or has video/dash camera footage of the collision and has not spoken with police is asked to contact the Peterborough County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

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