Driver in crash that sent 6 kids to hospital charged

Patrick Maloney, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:56 PM ET

STRATFORD, Ont. -- A driver involved in a head-on crash that sent six children to hospital Sunday night has been charged with impaired driving causing bodily harm.

Tammy-Lynn Dingman, 42, of West Perth, Ont., has also been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm and failing to provide a breath sample on demand.

Police said a car with two adults and a child crossed the centre line and collided with a minivan carrying a family of seven.

In all, 10 people were injured in the crash. All the children are younger than 10 years old.

The impact was so severe that two Ornge air ambulance choppers were called to the scene to transport a child and an adult, both in critical condition, to London, Ont.

The eight others were taken to area hospitals, and five of them were transferred to London hospitals overnight, said Cliff Eggleton, deputy chief Perth County EMS.

Their conditions were considered stable as of late Sunday night.

"Here you have a family that is completely innocent who has an immediate life-altering incident that is completely avoidable," provincial police Const. Kees Wijnands said.

The crash occurred about 5:10 p.m. on a straight stretch of Embro. Rd., in rural southwestern Ont.

Volunteer firefighters worked quickly to free two adults and one child trapped in the wreckage. All three were freed in about 45 minutes, Perth fire chief Bill Hunter said.

The scene of Sunday’s crash is not far from the spot where in Februrary 2012 a horrific crash between two vehicles killed nine migrant workers and a truck driver.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Dingman is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 8.

--with files from Patrick Maloney, Jennifer Bieman
 

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