NDRIOLLARI email@example.com_county.london.london_free_press 2008-02-26 published
Two die in crash on Highway 401 crash
Their sport utility vehicle collides with a transport after crossing the median at Woodstock.
By Joe BELANGER, Sun Media, Tues., February 26, 2008
Two people were killed in a crash after their sport utility vehicle crossed the grass median on Highway 401 at Woodstock and hit a westbound transport carrying a load of fuel.
The crash Sunday night was the second fatal crash in the area in less than a week.
The identities of the victims weren't released. The truck driver was taken to Woodstock hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.
"It was just horrible, really sad," said Terra CROWE, 25, of Peterborough, who was headed to Toronto at the time.
"When we were getting closer, we could see the fire and then it just got really big, really fast."
Oxford Ontario Provincial Police said the crash occurred just east of Oxford County Road 2 at 7: 38 p.m. when the eastbound sport utility vehicle went out of control, onto the median and rolled into the transport.
The tanker, full of a mixture of diesel and other fuel products, was travelling to Sarnia.
"Upon impact the passenger vehicle and the truck portion of the unit caught on fire," said Const. Dennis HARWOOD.
The tanker portion of the truck didn't catch fire.
Names of the victims won't be released until next of kin are contacted, Harwood said. [The victims were subsequently identified as Lisa DOWARD, 21, and Sarah Paige RYAN, 19.]
Both lanes of the highway were reopened early yesterday.
Last Wednesday, a Windsor truck driver was killed when his rig slammed into the rear of another transport stopped on the west merge lane from Highway 403 to Highway 401 about 3 a.m.
Muammer ACAR, 40, was killed, but the driver of the stopped truck, Gezim NDRIOLLARI, 52, of Toronto, wasn't injured.
Police continue to investigate that crash.
The provincial Tories added a political twist to the carnage yesterday.
Conservative member of provincial parliament Frank Klees, the public infrastructure critic, cited the crash while calling out the governing Liberals to invest more in improving Ontario roads and toughening laws "before more innocent lives are lost."
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