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Car accidents: severe crash in Ontario leaves 4 dead

A seven-vehicle crash on Highway 401 near Kingston has resulted in four fatalities, according to police. Ontario Provincial Police, who typically respond to car accidents on 400-series highways, are still in the process of determining the cause of the accident that utterly destroyed one of the passenger vehicles involved. So far, they have not pressed charges against any of the drivers involved in the crash. 

Reports state that the accident took place around 1:30 a.m. the morning of May 11 and involved four tractor-trailers, a commercial truck and two cars. It is unclear at this time what precipitated the accident, but the collision caused one of the two cars to become completely engulfed in flames. By the time emergency services arrived, all four individuals in that vehicle had to be pronounced dead at the scene.

The condition of the other drivers and any passengers has not been confirmed at this time. Police have said very little about what they believe may have caused the accident, but they did shut down the 401 for some six hours while they conducted their investigation. Even after the highway reopened, that investigation was still underway. 

Car accidents involving multiple vehicles, especially large commercial vehicles, can be challenging to investigate. However, Ontario Provincial Police will continue to probe the cause of this crash in order to determine how an accident of this magnitude could have occurred. In general, they will not rule out intoxication, recklessness or negligence until the investigation is complete. At that point, the families of the deceased individuals may be in a position to sue one or more drivers for wrongful death in a civil court. 

Source: CBC News, "4 dead in 7-vehicle crash on Highway 401 near Kingston", Andrew Lupton, May 11, 2017

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