By Josh Howald
The only two people involved in Friday night’s sickening crash, at the corner of Highway 21 and the Ripley Road, are dead.
One was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other succumbed to injuries on Sunday.
At, or around, 9:07 p.m., several Concession 6 and Highway 21 area residents picked up the phone and called 911. They could tell from the sound of the impact that the crash was a bad one.
Highway 21 was closed from Concession 6 to Concession 10 until the early hours of Saturday morning as the OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigation Unit investigated the scene. Police finally issued a release shortly before midnight Friday, confirming that one person had been killed in a two-car crash at Highway 21 and Bruce County Road 6, but little else.
Monday, police finally released the names of both men killed, as well as their thoughts on how this tragedy occurred. Officers arrived on the scene just a few minutes after the crash, and found two vehicles off the road, southwest of the intersection.
According to police, a silver Honda CRV was travelling west on the 6th Concession and collided with a blue Ford F-150 pick-up truck that was headed south on Highway 21. The Honda, driven by 38-year-old Paul Morgan of London, ran the stop sign and struck the driver’s side of the Ford F150, which was heading south on Highway 21.
Morgan was pronounced dead on the scene, while the driver of the F150, Steven Kerr of Waterloo, was transported by air ambulance to Victoria Hospital in London. He clung to life until Sunday, when he succumbed to his injuries.
Thankfully, neither man had any passengers in his vehicle. The delay in releasing the names of the men was due to a difficulty in locating a next-of-kin, police said. The South-Bruce OPP also thanked local drivers for avoiding the incident area on Friday night.