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Car accidents: 2 seriously injured in Brampton

A two-car crash in Brampton has sent two people to the hospital. Virtually all car accidents in Ontario are investigated to determine cause and/or fault, and Brampton police are working to determine how this accident took place. Until they have the opportunity to interview the injured parties involved in the crash, they will likely refrain from filing criminal charges against either driver. 

Police say the accident happened around 5 a.m. the morning of Aug. 17. According to the accident report, a tractor-trailer apparently rear-ended a taxi carrying two passengers. Medical personnel arriving on the scene rushed both passengers, a man in his 40s and a woman in her 50s, to a local hospital with injuries described as life-threatening. The cab driver was also taken under medical care for minor injuries. 

The driver of the truck apparently remained at the scene and cooperated with police. He was uninjured in the crash. Police are unsure what caused the truck to rear-end the cab, but their investigation is still underway as of this report. 

Car accidents of this type are subject to investigative scrutiny by Ontario authorities to ensure that if criminal charges are filed, the person or persons who contributed materially to the crash are the ones punished. However, even if no charges are brought against the truck driver, the injured parties are allowed under provincial law to file civil lawsuits against the driver, the truck owner and possibly the driver's employer. These suits are handled in civil court, but still require evidence of the driver's negligence. 

Source: The Toronto Star, "Two people in critical condition after a crash in Brampton", Bryann Aguilar, Aug. 17, 2017

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