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1 dead, child injured in Ontario car accident

A collision between a car and a transport truck has claimed one life and injured several other people, including a child, according to Peel Regional Police. The car accident reportedly took place on Ontario Highway 50 on the morning of Dec. 5. So far, police are not sure what caused the accident, but they are continuing to investigate at this time.

The accident report is sparse, but it has been confirmed that the vehicle was carrying five adults and a 6-year-old girl when the collision happened around 7 a.m. at the intersection of Highway 50 and Cottrelle Boulevard in Brampton. It is unclear what caused the collision, but the car somehow collided with a transport truck in the intersection. The force of the impact killed one woman, who was described as elderly.

Two other women were seriously hurt and were rushed to a local hospital. The expectation is that they will be sent to a trauma center soon. The child was also seriously injured and is also due to be transferred to the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto for critical care. Police have not filed charges against either driver, though it is unclear who was driving the car at the time of the crash.

Depending on the outcome of the Ontario police investigation, it is possible that one or more drivers could face criminal charges in connection to this car accident. However, even if no charges are filed, it may be apparent that one or both drivers contributed materially to the crash. If this is the case, the family of the deceased woman as well as the injured parties are entitled under provincial law to file wrongful death and/or personal injury suits against the driver or drivers deemed responsible for the crash.

Source: Brampton Guardian, "Six-year-old child hurt, elderly victim dead in Highway 50 crash", Pam Douglas, Dec. 5, 2016

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