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News Release: July 26, 2018

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News Release

Prepared by: Corporate Communications
Posted: July 26, 2018
Occurrence Type: Cascading Collisions Caused by Unfit Commercial Motor Vehicle
Occurrence #: BA18036847
Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 3:00pm

On Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 at 3:05 pm Barrie Police Traffic Unit was called to Fairview Road and Essa Road, in the City of Barrie, after a string of collisions. The investigation determined a commercial motor vehicle transporting water was travelling southbound on Fairview Road when a mechanical issue caused the driver to lose power and subsequently control of the vehicle.  It then began to roll backwards causing three (3) collisions with other vehicles until it came to a rest against another car in the intersection. The cascading collisions caused damage to multiple vehicle with no serious physical injuries reported. 

The driver of the water truck, a 19-year-old male from Utopia, was charged with:

  • Operate Unsafe Commercial Motor Vehicle
  • Drive Commercial Motor Vehicle with Major Defect
  • Fail to Complete an Accurate Daily Inspection Report

A 44-year-old male from Utopia, who is the owner of the vehicle and happened to be in the passenger seat at the time of the incident, was charged with:

  • Permit Driving Commercial Motor Vehicle- Not in Accordance with Permit Limitations
  • Permit Operation of an Unsafe Commercial Motor Vehicle
  • Fail to Ensure Performance Standards Are Met
  • Operate Commercial Motor Vehicle- No Valid CVOR Certificate

Prepared by: Constable N. Rodgers #6180

Occurrence #: BA18036847