Three people, including brothers from Gatineau, were killed in two separate crashes in south Ottawa and the Ottawa Valley Thursday morning.
Two men died after their car crashed head-on with an SUV at the intersection of Albion and Lester roads in the city's south end at around 6:40 a.m.
Ottawa paramedics pronounced a 25-year-old male passenger deceased at the scene and rushed the driver of the vehicle, a 31-year-old man, to the Ottawa hospital's trauma centre with multi-system injuries, said Ottawa paramedic spokesman J.P. Trottier.
"He died shortly after arrival," Trottier said.
The deceased were brothers from Gatineau, said Ottawa Police Const. J.P. Vincelette.
Paramedics also treated the two occupants of the SUV for injuries, Trottier said.
A 47-year-old woman suffered chest and lower-leg injuries while a 50-year-old man suffered minor chest injuries. They were taken to hospital, where they are in stable condition.
"The smaller vehicle took the brunt of the collision," said Trottier.
The Ottawa Police collision investigation unit was on scene, but have ruled out alcohol as a factor.
Over in the Ottawa Valley at around the same time, a man was killed after his car crashed into a tractor-trailer near Pembroke.
The collision occurred just after 7 a.m. on Highway 17 between Whitewater Road and Greenwood Road. The road was closed for several hours while police investigated.
Paramedics have seen a few fatal and serious collisions in the past month, said Trottier.
People are being advised to adjust their driving to the weather and road conditions.