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2 men killed in Highway 401 crash in Ontario

A collision between a passenger vehicle and a tractor-trailer on Highway 401 north of Cornwall left two men dead on Feb. 3. The accident occurred at approximately 6 a.m. in South Stormont Township.

Ontario Provincial Police said a 54-year-old Cornwall man was driving on eastbound Highway 401 near Boundary Road when he struck an eastbound tractor-trailer. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. His passenger, a 22-year-old man from Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec, was transported to Cornwall Community Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The tractor-trailer driver, a 47-year-old Brampton man, was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

The road was reportedly slippery at the time of the crash. Local residents have raised concerns about the performance of a new snow removal company that won a city contract in 2013 with a low bid of $8.9 million. The previous company charged $10 million per year. Residents wonder if the cost-cutting contract provides for adequate sand and grit for road safety in frigid temperatures.

OPP shut down the eastbound lane between Boundary Road and McConnell Avenue for more than six hours as they investigated and cleared the scene. They have not indicated if weather was a factor in the crash. The accident remains under investigation.

Anyone who has been injured or lost a family member in an auto accident may wish to consult with a lawyer. If the accident was caused by the negligent actions of another party, it may be possible to file a lawsuit against the responsible individual or entity for compensation. Possible damages include medical expenses, pain and suffering and funeral costs.

Source: standard-freeholder.com, "Updated - Two dead in morning crash on Hwy. 401 in Cornwall," Feb. 3, 2015

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