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Collision near Wallenstein claims Kitchener man

A Kitchener man is dead following a two-car crash west of Elmira Wednesday afternoon.

The head-on collision occurred around 1:15 p.m. near the intersection of Line 86 and Mallott Road, just outside of Wallenstein. 74-year-old Gerald Wagner, one of the drivers, was pronounced dead at the scene after firefighters and other emergency crews attempted to revive him using CPR. Wagner was travelling westbound on 86 when the collision occurred.

A passenger in the vehicle, a 70-year-old Waterloo woman, was taken to hospital by ambulance with non-life- threatening injuries.

RESCUE ATTEMPT Rescue workers try to revive Gerald Wagner following a two-car collision Wednesday.

The driver of the other vehicle, a 56-year-old West Montrose woman, was eastbound at the time of the crash and was airlifted to hospital with non-life- threatening injuries after the jaws of life were used to extricate her from the vehicle. There were no other passengers in the car.

Sgt. Mike Hinsperger of the Waterloo Regional Police traffic services division said police are still investigating the cause of the crash, but say alcohol, speed, weather and road conditions were likely not factors. Investigators believe one of the drivers may have crossed the centre line into the opposite lane.

Police closed Line 86 between Herrgott Road and Listowel Road for several hours during the investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact traffic services at (519) 650-8500, ext. 8856.

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