Ontario Highway 401 crash kills 2, injures 1

On behalf of Rooz Law posted in Truck Accidents on Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

Chatham-Kent Ontario Provincial Police say that one person was injured and two people were killed in a head-on collision on Highway 401. Authorities say that the accident happened at around 2:30 p.m. on May 10.

According to a preliminary investigation, a tractor-trailer was heading west when it crossed the median for an unknown reason and crashed head-on into an eastbound car. The 35-year-old male driver and 13-year-old female passenger in the car died at the scene; both were Windsor residents. The 57-year-old London truck driver received treatment at the scene and was then taken to hospital by ambulance. His injuries were not disclosed, but he was released from hospital by May 11.

Authorities had to close both the westbound and eastbound lanes of the highway for some time, and the westbound lanes were reopened before the eastbound lanes were cleared. The Technical Traffic Collision Investigation team was on the scene to gather evidence. The accident has raised questions about the safety of the Windsor-London corridor because only a bevelled strip of grass divides the opposite lanes of traffic.

Ontario law allows the family of deceased truck accident victims to recover the cost of damages. This may include funeral costs and the loss of household income. In an effort to collect that compensation, the families of the deceased individuals in this case may work with a personal injury lawyer. That lawyer may be able to help the plaintiffs build a case that demonstrates the truck driver’s negligence in the accident. After presenting that case in court, the defendant might then be ordered to pay that compensation to the plaintiffs.

Source: Chatham Daily News, ‘Deadly cross-over crash prompts focus on median on Hwy. 401 in Chatham-Kent,” Vicki Gough, May 11, 2014

Source: Sun News Network, “Two dead, one injured following Ontario highway collision”, Vicki Gough, May 11, 2014

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