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Car accidents: Ontario man charged in ambulance crash

A man is facing charges following a serious accident involving an ambulance in the township of Perth East. Ontario Provincial Police, who typically respond to large-scale car accidents, were on the scene shortly after 2:00 p.m. when the accident occurred. The driver of the car now faces charges, though it is unclear whether or not he is currently in police custody. 

The accident report is not complete as of this writing, but it has been confirmed that a passenger car struck an ambulance in an intersection. Police say there was considerable damage done to both vehicles, Four people in the car and a further three in the ambulance were taken to local hospitals with varying injuries. Of the four people in the car, two were critically injured, while the other two sustained moderate injuries. 

The patient in the ambulance was luckily not harmed in the crash, while the two paramedics were injured. They have since been treated and released from the hospital. The driver of the car, a 31-year-old man, faces charges of failure to yield to traffic on a through highway. No court date has yet been announced in connection with this case. 

Car accidents causing injuries often lead to criminal charges. However, even if no conviction is won, Ontario law allows the injured parties to file personal injury lawsuits against the driver or drivers deemed responsible for the accident. These suits are handled in civil court and do not rely on criminal convictions to be won, though evidence of material contribution to the accident is still a necessity. 

Source: lfpress.com, "Man charged after ambulance, car crash", Feb. 21, 2017

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