February 20, 2019 3:08 pm

10 fatal crashes involving transport trucks in eastern Ontario in 2018

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The OPP have recently released statistics about highway collisions in Ontario.

The number of crashes involving transport trucks is alarming. There were 7,674 collisions involving the big rigs in Ontario last year. This is the highest the province has seen in the last four years.

Out of these, 55 of the cases were fatal and 10 of those deaths occurred on the east region highways.

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In Kingston, the number of deaths has tripled from one in 2017 to three in 2018.

The OPP says the top three reasons why these accidents occur include other drivers on the road, improper lane changes and truck drivers losing control.

While those numbers are concerning, Sgt. Cynthia Savard from the OPP East region says overall, the number of the deaths in east region dropped 38 per cent from 2017.

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The OPP hopes to drive these numbers to the lowest they can possibly reach, Savard says.

The OPP will continue initiatives like “Operation Safe Trucking,” which involves educating truck drivers, inspections on highways and monitoring collisions on provincial highways, she says.

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