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Car accidents: 2-car crash in Ontario hurts 6

Six people have been taken to local hospitals following a serious two-car collision in Scarborough. Ontario authorities overseeing the investigation of car accidents were on the scene, along with emergency personnel, around 9:00 p.m. the night of Jan. 19. Toronto police services say they have not filed charges against either driver involved at this time. 

The crash took place at the intersection of Lawrence Avenue East and Bellamy Road North. It appears one of the two vehicles involved in the crash may have run a red light, but police have not commented on which driver committed the infraction. The result was one car T-boning another in the middle of the intersection. 

Six people, two of them children, were rushed to local hospitals with injuries described as non-life-threatening. The children were taken to Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, while the four adults were taken to trauma centers. There is no word on their conditions at this time, but everyone is expected to survive. Police have not released the identities of those involved in the crash.

In car accidents where it is suspected one driver might have contributed materially to the crash, Ontario authorities are entitled to file criminal charges against that driver. Even if no criminal charges are filed, however, injured parties can make use of police evidence as part of a personal injury suit filed in civil court. Evidence of material contribution is required to establish fault in these situations, and a civil suit can still be successful even in the absence of criminal convictions or even charges. 

Source: CBC News, "Six people injured in two-car collision in Scarborough", Jan. 20, 2017

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