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Charges pending in Yonge Street crash: police

Cheryl Browne

By Cheryl Browne, Barrie Examiner

A male teenager was airlifted to a Toronto hospital in serious condition August 27 after his car collided with a dump truck on Yonge Street, just north of County Road 89, in Innisfil. The truck burst into flames; the truck driver was able to escape injury.
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A male teenager was airlifted to a Toronto hospital in serious condition August 27 after his car collided with a dump truck on Yonge Street, just north of County Road 89, in Innisfil. The truck burst into flames; the truck driver was able to escape injury. MIRIAM KING/POSTMEDIA NETWORK

IINNISFIL – An Innisfil teenager airlifted to a Toronto trauma centre with arm and leg injuries after the car he was driving crossed Yonge Street and struck a fully-loaded dump truck at County Road 89 Thursday afternoon is expected to make a full recovery, South Simcoe police say.

Police say the northbound car collided with the southbound truck shortly before 2 p.m. on Yonge Street, just north of County Road 89, rupturing the truck's gas tank which resulted in the truck being engulfed in flames.

The 16-year-old teen was extricated by firefighters from the car and treated by Simcoe County paramedics at the scene before being airlifted by Ornge air ambulance to Toronto.

He was treated for a broken arm and kneecap, said Const. Rich Williamson of the South Simcoe police.

Police did find a cellphone in the car, Williamson said.

“He'll be charged with crossing the centre line, as for the distracted driving, there were no witnesses. So it may have been a contributing factor but we have no way of proving that's what he was doing,” Williamson said.

The truck driver was shaken up and in shock, but not injured, he said.

The truck – which was filled with dirt - went about 150 metres up the road and then caught fire.

The driver got out of the passenger door before the flames engulfed the vehicle.

Yonge Street was closed between the 2nd Line of Innisfil and Gilford Road until about 9 p.m. for the investigation and clean up of the diesel fuel, Williamson said.