Driver in crash that sent 6 kids to hospital charged

A serious collision involving a multi-passenger van and a car resulted in injuries to 10 victims,...

A serious collision involving a multi-passenger van and a car resulted in injuries to 10 victims, including six children, on Perth Road 113 south of Stratford, Ont., on Sunday, July 20, 2014. SCOTT WISHART/The Beacon Herald/QMI Agency

Laura Cudworth, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:35 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 a car with two passengers and a driver was heading south on Embro Road, in rural southwestern Ont., when it 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.

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.

--with files from Patrick Maloney

laura.cudworth@sunmedia.ca

 


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