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Car accidents: 2 injured in Port Perry crash

Two people have been injured and police are seeking witnesses after a wreck in Port Perry involving a farm tractor. Ontario police are used to seeing unusual car accidents, especially in rural areas, but in this case, they are asking for assistance in locating a vehicle whose driver may have witnessed this particular crash. So far, they have not managed to track down this driver. 

According to the accident report so far, a farm tractor in Port Perry was headed westbound when it entered an intersection and drove directly on top of a southbound passenger vehicle. Police were alerted to this accident around 2:00 p.m. the afternoon of July 13. Two women who were in the car at the time of the collision were badly hurt. They were rushed to a local hospital with injuries described as being non life-threatening. 

Police say it appears the tractor driver may have gone through a red light, precipitating the crash. However, they cannot corroborate this theory without an eyewitness testimony. As a result, they have asked the driver of a pickup truck they believe was at the scene at the time of the accident to come forward. This could play an important role in determining whether police will file charges against the tractor driver. 

Car accidents of this type often make it difficult to determine which driver or drivers were at fault for the crash. In this case, Ontario police will rely on the testimony of an eyewitness to prove the tractor driver went through a red light, making him or her materially responsible for the incident. If such evidence is brought forward, the driver could face criminal charges and/or civil litigation for personal injury if the two injured women choose to pursue that course of action. 

Source: CBC Toronto, "Police seek witness after tractor hits car in Port Perry, injuring 2", Muriel Draaisma, July 13, 2017

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