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Motorists need to drive 'with their full undivided attention': OPP

By Ian McInroy, Barrie Examiner

Provincial police are continuing their investigation into the deadly crash on Highway 400 Tuesday night that left three people dead.

MARK WANZEL FILE PHOTO

Provincial police are continuing their investigation into the deadly crash on Highway 400 Tuesday night that left three people dead. MARK WANZEL FILE PHOTO

Provincial police are continuing their investigation into the deadly crash on Highway 400 Tuesday night that left three people dead.

Names of the victims have not been officially released from police, according to OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt.

“All the names (being released through various media) are coming from families but we have not released the names at this point,” he said “The coroner is still working on that.”

There is also no update on charges as of Friday, he added.

“It’s still early in the investigation and it is ongoing,” Schmidt said.

“It’s a massive investigation with the support of several different units within the OPP who are all assisting the coroner on this investigation with forensics along with the crime unit,” he added.

The investigation is a priority for the (OPP) commissioner and the OPP for road safety, Schmidt said.

“We follow up with everyone and get statements. We will get statements from anyone who was there,” he said adding that includes what first responders saw. “We want to speak with anyone who was there, perhaps with dash-cam video, or anyone with information and are asking them to call the Aurora OPP detachment at 905-841-5777.”

Schmidt said road safety is a shared responsibility between every kind of driver.

“If you are in a transport truck or passenger vehicle, you certainly need to do your part,” he said. “We’re out there in the community. In terms of truck safety, we work with our partners (such as) the Ministry of Transportation and trucking organizations.”

Provincial police have commercial vehicle investigators doing truck inspections of commercial vehicles on a regular basis.

“We need those drivers to operate their vehicles with their full undivided attention,” Schmidt said.

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