One person critical after multi-car crash near Stratford

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One person remains in critical condition Friday after six people were rushed to hospital following a multi-vehicle collision involving a transport truck Thursday evening near Stratford.

Perth County OPP Const. Barry Cookson said a male passenger transported to London hospital remains in critical condition as of Friday morning.

“There’s no further update at this time,” he said.

The other five people were taken to a local hospital for precautionary reasons, Cookson said.

Police said they were called to a serious crash involving five vehicles on Highway 8 around 5:30 p.m. The incident occurred near Hahn Farms Ltd. between Stratford and Shakespeare, Cookson said. The truck was on a private driveway leading out of the farm and industrial equipment dealer and attempting to turn east.

“The investigation is still in the early stages, but when he was exiting the driveway that’s when the collision occurred,” Cookson said.

Three cars and a minivan, all heading east, were involved in the crash. The person in critical condition was in the first vehicle that hit the truck, Cookson said.

No charges have been laid.

“Presently there’s no charges, but it’s pretty early in the investigation,” Cookson said.

Hahn Farms president Michael Hahn was not available Friday, according to an employee. When asked about the condition of the truck driver, the employee said it wasn’t their driver.

“It has nothing to do with us,” she said, adding, “it’s a very unfortunate thing.”

Two of the vehicles sustained “moderate-to-severe damage” and two were slightly damaged, Cookson said.

The road was closed for several hours while the OPP technical collision team investigated the incident. It was reopened around 11 p.m. Firefighters and paramedics also helped at the crash scene.

The area had been hit with a significant amount of snow in the hours leading up to the crash.

“I understand talking from some of the officers that it was snowing and blowing pretty good,” Cookson said.

tbridge@postmedia.com

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