Four drivers charged in chain-reaction crash

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A five-vehicle chain-reaction collision near construction on Highway 401 near Communication Road ended with four drivers charged with either careless driving or tailgating on Thursday.

At around 3:45 p.m., an eastbound tractor trailer was stopping because of slow-moving traffic and prompted a second tractor trailer behind it to slow down. But, then a third tractor trailer collided into the back of the second vehicle which, in turn, collided into the first one. Two other vehicles collided into the back of the third tractor trailer.

The drivers only sustained minor injures. All five vehicles were towed away from the scene and all suffered damage, three of which were serious.

Clean-up for that stretch of highway took longer because after the collisions occurred, another tractor-trailer driver tried to turn around using the centre median near Charing Cross overpass, became stuck and had to be safely removed by clean-up crews. He was charged with careless driving.

A 51-year-old Brampton man and driver of the transport truck was charged with careless driving.

A 69-year-old man and a 53-year-old man both from St. Thomas were charged with following too closely.

Then a 25-year-old Scarborough man, who drove the tractor trailer attempting to turn around, was charged with careless driving, failing to maintain a daily log and failing to enter required information in that log.


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