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Car accidents: 6 injured in Ontario pileup

Six people have been seriously injured following a car accident north of the Greater Toronto Area, according to local sources. The Ontario Provincial Police, responsible for investigating car accidents across the province, rushed to Mulmur Township the evening of Jan. 14. So far, they have not filed charges against any of the drivers involved in the crash. 

According to the accident report, two cars were involved in the head-on collision that trapped several people in both vehicles. The impact was so severe that crews on the scene could not tell what kinds of vehicles each car was prior to the crash. Crews worked for an hour and a half to extricate victims from the wrecks. 

Reports say of the six people, four were rushed to local hospitals in life-threatening condition, Two others suffered injuries not believed to be life-threatening. Witnesses report seeing at least two air ambulances dispatched to the scene, though it is unknown if they were utilized. Police have not identified anyone involved in the crash at this time pending further investigation which is underway as of this writing. 

Ontario police did mention in their report that the area is rife with car accidents caused by hilly conditions that make passing difficult. However, they have not said whether this was a contributing factor in this accident. It is still possible that one or both drivers could face criminal charges if it is found they acted negligently or recklessly in a way that contributed materially to the accident. Even if no charges are filed, the injured parties are entitled to file personal injury suits against one or both drivers in a civil court, separate from any criminal proceedings. 

Source: CTV Toronto, "Six people taken to hospital after serious crash north of GTA", Joshua Freeman, Jan. 14, 2017

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