On Jan. 27, two Ontario men lost their lives and two more were injured in a fiery crash on Highway 6 south of Hamilton. The accident happened around 7 a.m.
According to Ontario Provincial Police, a Volvo crossed the centre median on the highway and struck an oncoming SUV. The Volvo then burst into flames. A third vehicle was also caught up in the accident. The driver of the Volvo, an 18-year-old Caledonia man, was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The driver of the SUV, a 53-year-old Caledonia man, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. A 19-year-old man and a 44-year-old man in the third vehicle, were transported to the hospital with minor injuries.
Fire crews worked for about 15 minutes to extinguish the car fire before it reached the fuel tank. Investigators said the roads were wet from falling snow, but they do not believe weather caused the crash. Police have not ruled out alcohol or speed as contributing factors. The accident remains under investigation.
After a fatal car accident, police typically analyze the crash scene to determine who or what was responsible for the incident. The results of the investigation could be especially important to victims who suffered injuries or lost a loved one in the accident. A lawyer could review the accident investigation report and help the victims file a civil lawsuit against the party responsible for the crash. The suit could seek compensation for damages, including medical expenses, lost wages and funeral costs. If the at-fault driver was also killed in the crash, victims may file a claim against the driver’s insurance company or the driver’s estate.