TORONTO, Ont. -- Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) chief David Bradley today issued an advisory following a deadly accident in Ontario involving what is believed to be a separated tractor-trailer wheel.
TORONTO, Ont. — Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) chief David Bradley today issued an advisory following a deadly accident in Ontario involving what is believed to be a separated tractor-trailer wheel.
This morning a woman was killed when the car she was driving collided with what is believed to be a detached tractor-trailer wheel. The truck driver believed to be involved did not stop at the scene, but police believe he or she may not have noticed the incident.
While the investigation is ongoing, Bradley had this to say: “It doesn’t matter to us at this point whether the wheel in question came off of a truck or not. This is a tragedy which should not be inflicted upon any family so we’re asking all truckers, indeed the operators of all commercial vehicles, to review their wheel installation and maintenance practices and policies to try to prevent further occurrences.”
The Ontario trucking industry went through a period of frequent wheel separations in the 1990s, prompting legislators to impose an absolute liability fine of up to $50,000 against vehicle operators in wheel separation incidences. Since then, wheel-off incidences have declined from 215 in 1997 to 48 so far this year.
“These fatalities should not be occurring,” says Bradley. “That’s the bottom line.”
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