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3 dead, 3 injured after collision in P.E.I.

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The RCMP has arrested a 20-year-old man after a fatal collision in Prince Edward Island left three people dead and three others seriously injured.

Police say they responded to a two-vehicle collision on St Peters Road in Marshfield at around 6:20 p.m. Friday.

It is believed that a pick-up truck pulled out into the oncoming lane and stuck a car head-on.

Three passengers of the car, an 18-year-old man, an 18-year-old woman, and a male youth, died as a result of their injuries, according to police. Another teen boy who was in the car is being treated for serious injuries.

The passenger of the truck was seriously injured due to the incident, and the driver of the truck also suffered injuries.

Police arrested a 20-year-old man from York, P.E.I., for dangerous operation of a conveyance causing death and impaired operation of a conveyance causing death.

The RCMP has not identified the man, but say he will appear in provincial court at a later date as the incident remains under investigation.

“The individual who was arrested has not been identified at this stage, we do not have a charge laid before the court on this matter at the moment, but charges are anticipated and this individual has been compelled to court,” said Const. Gavin Moore with the P.E.I. RCMP in an interview Saturday.

Island EMS, North Shore Fire Department, the Provincial Department of Transport, and P.E.I. Coroner also attended the scene.

A section of Route 2 was closed until around 1 a.m. as police investigated the scene.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in P.E.I. was also put on a partial Code Orange due to the collision as it was expecting several trauma patients. The partial Code Orange has since been lifted.

On the way to the collision, police say an unmarked RCMP vehicle that was travelling with light and sirens collided with a vehicle at an intersection at Mount Edward Road, but nobody was injured and Charlottetown police is investigating it as a separate collision.

“While responding to this collision, a police car, an unmarked RCMP vehicle was being operated by a police officer responding to this call, and the lights and sirens were activated at the time and a collision with that vehicle occurred on the way to the other collision,” said Moore. “Nobody was injured in that collision.”  

For more Prince Edward Island news visit our dedicated provincial page.

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