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Car accident on Gardiner Expressway injures several

A collision on Toronto's Gardiner Expressway has resulted in six people being transported to hospital, according to Traffic Services. Ontario authorities responded to the car accident around midnight in the early morning of Jan. 3. So far, neither of the two drivers involved in the accident have been charged with a crime.

The accident report is incomplete at this time, but it appears an eastbound limousine carrying three people rear-ended another vehicle going the same way. The second vehicle carried four occupants. The exact severity of the injuries suffered by six of the seven occupants is unknown, but it has been confirmed that a 24-year-old man riding in the struck vehicle was badly injured. His injuries are described as critical.

During the course of their investigation, police say they believe they have discovered evidence that a third car was involved in the crash. The driver of that vehicle did not remain at the scene, and is now being sought by police for questioning. Police kept eastbound lanes closed for the rest of the night, but had reopened all lanes by 8 a.m.

It is still too early to determine whether one or more of the drivers involved in this car accident will face criminal charges by Ontario authorities. Nevertheless, provincial law allows injured parties in an accident to file personal injury lawsuits against a driver or drivers even in the absence of criminal charges. Evidence of negligence with regard to an accident is still required for such a suit to be successful in civil court.

Source: Global News, "Multiple people injured in crash on eastbound Gardiner Expressway", David Shum, Jan. 3, 2017

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