Man still crit­i­cal af­ter mul­ti­ve­hi­cle crash near Strat­ford

The Observer (Sarnia) - - ONTARIO NEWS - TERRY BRIDGE [email protected]­media.com

One per­son re­mained in crit­i­cal con­di­tion Fri­day af­ter six peo­ple were rushed to hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing a multi-ve­hi­cle col­li­sion in­volv­ing a trans­port truck Thurs­day evening near Strat­ford.

Perth County OPP Const. Barry Cook­son said a male pas­sen­ger trans­ported to Lon­don hos­pi­tal re­mained in crit­i­cal con­di­tion as of Fri­day morn­ing.

“There’s no fur­ther up­date at this time,” he added.

No up­date was is­sued by press time.

The other five peo­ple were taken to a lo­cal hos­pi­tal for pre­cau­tion­ary rea­sons, Cook­son said.

Po­lice said they were called to a se­ri­ous crash in­volv­ing five ve­hi­cles on High­way 8 around 5:30 p.m. The in­ci­dent oc­curred near Hahn Farms Ltd. be­tween Strat­ford and Shake­speare, Cook­son said. The truck was on a pri­vate drive­way lead­ing out of the farm and in­dus­trial equip­ment dealer and at­tempt­ing to turn east.

“The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is still in the early stages, but when he was ex­it­ing the drive­way that’s when the col­li­sion oc­curred,” Cook­son said.

Three cars and a mini­van, all head­ing east, were in­volved in the crash. The per­son in crit­i­cal con­di­tion was in the first ve­hi­cle that hit the truck, Cook­son said.

Hahn Farms pres­i­dent Michael Hahn was not avail­able Fri­day, ac­cord­ing to an em­ployee. When asked about the con­di­tion of the truck driver, the em­ployee said it wasn’t their driver.

“It has noth­ing to do with us,” she said, adding, “it’s a very un­for­tu­nate thing.”

Two of the ve­hi­cles sus­tained “mod­er­ate to se­vere dam­age” while two were slightly dam­aged, Cook­son said.

The road was closed for sev­eral hours while the OPP tech­ni­cal col­li­sion team in­ves­ti­gated the in­ci­dent. It was re­opened around 11 p.m. Lo­cal fire­fight­ers and paramedics also helped at the crash scene.

The area had been hit with a sig­nif­i­cant amount of snow in the hours lead­ing up to the crash.

“I un­der­stand talk­ing from some of the of­fi­cers that it was snow­ing and blow­ing pretty good,” Cook­son said.

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A male pas­sen­ger was trans­ported to Lon­don hos­pi­tal in crit­i­cal con­di­tion fol­low­ing a multi-ve­hi­cle col­li­sion in­volv­ing a trans­port truck Thurs­day evening near Strat­ford.

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