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Car accidents: "Devastating" crash kills 2 in Georgina

Two people were killed and two others seriously injured in a car crash police described as "absolutely devastating," according to news sources. Ontario Provincial Police respond to far too many tragic car accidents during the summer months, and the afternoon of July 27 was no different. Police are still determining what caused the accident, and they have not filed charges against any of the drivers involved at this time.

According to the accident report, five vehicles were travelling northbound on Highway 48 when the accident occurred. Both passenger and commercial vehicles were involved. Authorities say construction on the highway caused traffic to slow, but that the rearmost vehicle (which has not been identified) may have been travelling at highway speed or higher and was unable to stop in time. The collision caused by the at least one of the rear vehicles led to the chain reaction accident that soon shut down the whole highway.

One of the occupants of a passenger vehicle and one of the occupants of a commercial vehicle was killed in the crash, though they have not been identified publicly at this time. An adult and a 10-year-old child were badly injured and were airlifted via air ambulance to hospitals. The child was taken directly to the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and is apparently in stable condition. The adult victim was trapped for some 90 minutes in the vehicle while firefighters worked to free that individual. One other adult suffered minor injuries.

Car accidents of this type can sometimes be difficult to investigate, as the damage done by such a collision can obfuscate the cause of the crash. However, Ontario police will continue their investigation until they determine which driver or drivers contributed materially to the crash, at which point they may choose to file criminal charges. Separately, the injured parties and the families of the deceased are entitled under provincial law to file personal injury and/or wrongful death lawsuits in civil court, as appropriate, using the evidence gathered to substantiate their claims.

Source: CBC News, "2 dead, 2 seriously injured in 'absolutely devastating' multi-vehicle Georgina crash", July 27, 2017

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