Two people have been airlifted to hospital after separate crashes a little more than an hour apart in Ottawa's rural areas Tuesday afternoon.
Emergency services were first called to a collision between two vehicles at Sixth Line Road and Thomas A. Dolan Parkway just before 3 p.m., which is in the city's rural western edge near Dunrobin.
A woman in her late 70s was airlifted to the trauma centre at The Ottawa's Hospital's Civic campus in serious condition with a head injury, while another person was treated at the scene, paramedics told CBC.
Emergency crews were then called to another crash involving a car and a tractor trailer just before 4 p.m. near the intersection of 8th Line and Parkway roads near Metcalfe, which is in the city's rural southeast end.
Same air ambulance used for both crashes
Ottawa firefighters say they extricated three people from the car before paramedics took over care.
Paramedics said all three patients were male and one was airlifted by the same ORNGE air ambulance used in the first crash.
The two others were taken to hospital by ground ambulances, paramedics said. All three suffered multi-system traumatic injuries.
Police closed Thomas A. Dolan Parkway between Fifth Line Road/Greenland Road and Sixth Line Road/Torwood Drive, and Torwood Drive at Kerscott Heights Way near Dunrobin.
Officers also closed 8th Line Road between Mitch Owens and Parkway roads, and Parkway is closed between 8th Line and John Quinn Road near Metcalfe.