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Car accidents: 1 dead, several hurt in Ontario crash

A woman is dead and several other people, including a young child, have been seriously injured in a car crash in Brampton. Ontario authorities responsible for car accidents responded to the crash on the morning of Dec. 5. Peel Regional Police have not filed charges against any of the drivers involved in the accident at this time. 

The accident report is still being constructed as police are continuing their investigation, but it has been confirmed the accident involved a tractor-trailer and two passenger cars. The crash occurred around 7:00 a.m. on Highway 50 at Cotrelle Boulevard. All the people affected were in the same passenger vehicle, which apparently collided with a tractor-trailer in the intersection. 

A woman described as elderly was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, and two other adult women were rushed to local hospitals with serious injuries. A 6-year-old child was also seriously hurt and was transferred to hospital. The driver and a front-seat passenger were apparently uninjured in the crash. 

Ontario police are now in the process of seeking out surveillance footage to piece together exactly how the crash occurred, as they typically do for car accidents where the cause is not immediately clear. It remains possible that charges could be filed against one or more of the drivers involved, if sufficient evidence is uncovered to prove material contribution to the crash. Even if charges are not filed in criminal court, the family of the deceased woman as well as the injured parties or their guardians are entitled under provincial law to file wrongful death and personal injury suits against the driver or drivers found responsible by police. 

Source: Global News, "1 dead, child seriously injured after multi-vehicle collision in Brampton", David Shum, Dec. 5, 2016

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