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5 hospitalized after 3 separate Friday morning crashes

Five people were sent to hospital after a series of early-morning crashes Friday and police are trying to determine if alcohol may have been a factor in two of the collisions. Speed may have been a factor in the third.

Three people were rushed to hospital after a three-vehicle crash on Wilson Avenue, west of Keele Street, just after 12 a.m. when a westbound 2004 Nissan rear-ended a Buick, pushing it off the road and into a pole, police said. The first car continued on in the eastbound lanes and hit a third vehicle, a Toyota, head-on.

A 23-year-old male passenger in the Nissan was partially ejected through the windshield and was rushed to hospital with a life-threatening head injury. The male driver, also 23, suffered serious leg injuries.

The 63-year-old man driving the Buick and the 64-year-old woman driving the Toyota were also taken to hospital with serious, but non life-threatening injuries.

Wilson was closed at Ridge Road for the investigation and reopened at 10 a.m.

There’s no word yet on charges.

Separately, a driver was arrested after crashing his car into a pole on Highway 27 near Queen’s Plate Drive around 2:30 a.m. Police nabbed the motorist after he allegedly jumped out of the vehicle. He’s being investigated for impaired driving.

And authorities are investigating alcohol as a possible factor in another Etobicoke crash.

A car, apparently travelling at a high speed, lost control and slammed into a cement planter on Albion Road, just west of Islington Avenue, around 4 a.m.

Firefighters had to cut the driver out of the wreckage of his vehicle, and he was taken to a local hospital and later transferred to Sunnybrook with life-threatening injuries.

There’s no word on possible charges.