OPP confirm that 11 people have been killed in a crash north of Shakespeare. The crash happened on Perth Road 107 near Hampstead around the dinner hour Monday.
OPP say the crash involved a flat bed truck and a van loaded with passengers, believed to be migrant workers. Ten of the victims were in the van. The 11th was the driver of the truck.
OPP Inspector Steve Porter spoke to reporters at the scene. “I’ve been on the job for 28 years and I’ve never seen anything quite like this collision tonight, with 11 people killed in one crash,” he says. “Because of that, we also have critical incident stress people here for both the fire, the police and the other emergency services on scene.”
Two survivors were taken to hospital in Stratford, while another was airlifted to Hamilton.
Premier Dalton McGuinty released a statement on the crash. In it, he says, “It is with great sadness that I learned today of the tragic auto accident in Hampstead that has taken so many lives. On behalf of 13 million Ontarians, I want to offer our deepest condolences to those who lost a loved one and to offer our most sincere prayers for those taken to hospital. We also thank the first responders who provided compassionate emergency care under very difficult circumstances. I know Ontarians will pull together to support the victims’ family and friends during this difficult time.”
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