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OPP lay charges in ‘horrific’ collisions involving transport trucks that killed 6

TORONTO — Provincial police say they’re putting transport truck drivers “on notice” after laying charges in three horrific collisions involving big rigs that claimed the lives of six people.

October 26, 2017  By The Canadian Press

OPP Commissioner Vince Hawkes says two of the collisions occurred on Highway 401, one near Port Hope, Ont., on Aug. 3, and the other in Chatham-Kent, Ont., on July 30. The third occurred on Highway 48 in Georgina, Ont., on July 27.

Hawkes says two people were killed in each of the collisions in which it’s alleged a transport truck crashed into traffic that was stopped or had slowed down due to road construction or a collision.

The four men, one woman and 14-year-old boy who were killed in the crashes were all occupants in vehicles at the end of the traffic queues.

Hawkes says the details mirror a fourth collision on May 11 on Highway 401 near Kingston, Ont., in which three men and a woman died when their vehicle was struck from behind by a transport truck in a construction zone. Charges have already been laid in that incident.


Hawkes says the OPP is “putting drivers on notice” that it will pursue every investigative avenue to hold at-fault drivers accountable to the full extent of the law.

“This series of horrific collisions is driver inattention at its worst,” he said Thursday in a release.

Hawkes called the collisions a tragic reminder of “the tremendous toll on the lives of innocent citizens when commercial transport truck drivers are not paying full attention to the road.”

In 2015 and 2016, the OPP responded to a total of 13,668 collisions that involved transport trucks in which 155 people were killed.

As of Oct. 15 this year, there have been more than 5,000 transport truck-related collisions, with 67 deaths in 56 of the collisions, the OPP said.

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