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Car accidents: Gardiner Expressway crash injures six

One man is seriously hurt and five others are also injured following a two-vehicle crash on the Gardiner Expressway in Toronto. Ontario police responsible for investigation into car accidents responded to the crash just after midnight on Jan. 3. They also believe a third vehicle may have been involved, but that it fled the scene following the crash. Their investigation is ongoing at this time. 

According to the current accident report, it appears a 76-year-old man driving an airport limousine eastbound on the Expressway rear-ended another passenger vehicle for reasons unknown. A 24-year-old man who was riding in the struck car was rushed to a local hospital with critical injuries. Five other occupants, spread across both vehicles, suffered lesser injuries. 

It is unclear why the accident occurred, as police say they are unsure whether the struck vehicle had slowed or stopped at the time of the collision. Police are also on the lookout for a third vehicle with front-end damage they believe to have been involved in the crash as well. So far, they have yet to retrieve that driver. 

However, car accidents of this nature are always investigated thoroughly, so it seems likely Ontario authorities will catch up with the errant driver. It is not clear at this time whether any of the drivers involved will face criminal charges suggesting material contribution to the crash. However, provincial law still allows all injured parties to file civil suits against one or more drivers even in the absence of criminal charges or convictions. Evidence must be produced to establish liability in civil court. 

Source: CP24, "Man in critical condition, 5 others injured after crash on Gardiner Expressway", Codi Wilson, Jan. 3, 2017

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