Ottawa Police looking for information on OC Transpo bus accident at Bayshore Shopping Centre.

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It’s that time of year , when the malls are busy and many people are preoccupied with getting ready for the holidays.  It’s also a time of year when many accidents occur. Drivers and pedestrians are distracted with other things and unfortunately this can lead to accidents.  It is still unknown what caused the accident but last week an OC Transpo bus accident  at Bayshore Shopping Centre resulted in the death of  a 74-year-old woman. She had been crossing a cross-walk last Tuesday when the OC Transpo bus hit her.  Sadly she was rushed to an Ottawa hospital but did not make it and was pronounced dead on Thursday.

Police say they don’t yet know all of the circumstances of the incident and they’re looking for more information before they can find blame in the collision and they’re asking any witnesses to come forward. Bayshore Shopping Centre is currently under construction. There are certain areas under construction that have a lot of traffic and this, sadly was one of the areas where this fatal accident occurred.

If you have any information that could help Ottawa Police determine exactly what happened, please contact them at (613) 236-1222. My thoughts go out to this woman’s family and friends, as well as others involved in the accident.  I also urge everyone to be extra cautious at this very busy time of year. Whether you are in a car, on a bus, or walking, please be careful.  Have a safe day !

 


Tragic VIA rail train and OC Transpo bus accident Woodroffe and Fallowfield leaves several deaths and multiple severe injuries.

It is still to early to make sense of what may have happened.  All we know is that a deadly accident took place this morning.  A terrible accident this morning between a Via Rail train and an OC Transpo bus has left several people dead and many injured . The tragic accident occurred this morning in Ottawa’s west end. The OC Transpo bus was crushed on impact and the entire front end of the bus was ripped off upon impact.  The OC Transpo bus was travelling north on the Transitway and Via Train 51 en route to Toronto was heading west when the collision occurred. Ottawa Firefighters say the crash happened at 8:48 a.m

CTV news reported that 31 accident victims were rushed to Ottawa-area hospitals, 11 people with critical injuries, including the Ottawa Hospital regional trauma centre, and the Queensway Carleton Hospital. Dr. Falconer of the Queensway-Carleton Hospital Chief of Staff was quoted on  CTV news website  that the accident victims have suffered mainly leg injuries and was quoted as saying “It’s definitely one of the worst events we’ve seen in this city or at this hospital”  “It’s overwhelming to imagine the suffering that’s going on.”

CTV news also interviewed several witnesses who were on the trains and bus at the time of the accident.  Many reported that they could not understand how this could have happened. Several people have been interviewed on various news sources.  Many reports were that passengers on the bus were screaming at the OC Transpo bus driver to stop as the guard rail was down, but it was too late.  It was reported that the bus crashed through the lowered barrier and smashed directly into the train. There are many speculations as to why this may have happened.  No one knows for sure at this point.  Passengers travelling on the VIA rail train reported to news sources that they felt a “bump” but had no idea as to the severity of the accident until they exited the train.

It was speculated that the VIA rail train hit the OC Transpo bus at the Woodroffe and Fallowfield intersection.  Ottawa rescue crews are currently at the accident scene .  More to come as reports come in.  What a terrible tragedy. My thoughts go out to everyone involved in this horrific accident….

update: The Ottawa Sun has reported that the Ottawa Fire Department has initially reported 5 deaths and multiple injuries.  CTV  news is reporting 6 deaths, including the OC Transpo bus driver .

update: Ottawa Police have now identified the victims of the crash as Michael Bleakney, 57, Connor Boyd, 21, Karen Krzyzewski, 53, Kyle Nash, 21, Rob More, 35, and Dave Woodard, 45.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to all these grieving families….

***information from CBC news, Ottawa Citizen, the Ottawa Sun, CTV News


Fatal hit and run Brockville accident results in tragic death 16 year old Aaron Stevenson.

Brockville Accident

Ottawa Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth offering our condolences.

Wrongful deaths : I’m very sad to report of a tragic and terrible accident has left a young boy dead .  He died as a result of being in a hit and run accident on County Road 2, near Irace Drive in Augusta Township yesterday around 12:30 a.m. The driver has now been arrested .  A 23-year-old man from Augusta Township is facing charges of impaired driving, speeding and indignity to a dead body, as well as a  21-year-old man from Brockville is facing charges of failing to remain at the accident scene.  Ontario Provincial Police responded to a hit and run accident and the young 16 year old boy who friends have identified as Aaron Stevenson was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital. Sadly, it was too late and he was pronounced dead.  Aaron was about to enter grade 11 at Brockville Collegiate.  The accident is still under investigation.  My thoughts go out to Aaron’s family and friends at this very sad and difficult time.  I have no doubt that Aaron touched many lives in his short time on this earth. What a tragedy to lose a life at such a young age.

information gathered form W1310News

Brockville Accident Lawyers

Our personal injury lawyers travel regularly to Brockville Ontario to meet with clients who have been injured in an accident. Many people living in Brockville frequently travel the highways, have a longer commute to work and therefore are greater chances at being involved in an accident. We have a number of clients in the Brockville area who have suffered serious personal injuries. We have helped them and we can help you.  If you have been injured in a Brockville accident and would like some advice and a free consultation, contact any one of our lawyers. We understand, we care and we’re here to help..and our track record proves it.

 


Ottawa Car Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth on Ottawa car accident statistics.

Ottawa Car Accident Statistics. Sadly, there was a significant spike in fatal Ottawa accidents in 2011 with 38 people dying on Ottawa’s roads.   The number of life-threatening personal injuries dropped in 2010. Since 2006, the number of life threatening personal injuries has dropped every year. The Safer Ottawa Roads Program report indicates that the injury trend  is probably the more significant when it comes to measuring the safety of Ottawa’s roads. There’s a fine line between dying in a road accident and being seriously injury.  The report also measured the death and injury rates per 1,000 people. It showed clearly that Ottawa roads were much more dangerous back in the 1990s.  The report also breaks down personal injury and deaths from 2003 to 2010 by whether people were cycling, walking, or riding or driving in a vehicle. In both cases, slightly more than 7 /10 victims were motorists or passengers, 2/10 were pedestrians, and slightly less than 5/10 were cyclists. Let’s  do everything we can do decrease the number of Ottawa car accidents and personal injuries and death resulting from car accidents.

———————- The  Ottawa Injury Blog is written regularly by Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. Since 1999, David has been an Ottawa personal injury lawyer representing Ottawa accident victims and the families of accident victims who have lost a loved one in an Ontario accident, including snowmobile accidents. This blog reports on accidents in eastern Ontario, personal injury issues, local Ottawa news and events and various news that relates to Ottawa, accidents and personal injury.  Visit www.ottawainjury.ca for more information. If you have a question, feel free to call or email david@ottawainjury.ca (613) 978-9549

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Ontario boating accidents, Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

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It looks like it’s going to be a great start to the summer this week.  If you are planning on being out on the water , please keep in mind some basic boating safety .  There are far too many Ontario boating accidents in Ontario each summer. As an Ontario boating accident lawyer, I wish to remind you that boats (including  jet skis and sea doos) are motor vehicles and often times people  forget that driving rules apply when operating a motor vehicle on the open water. As an Ontario boating accident lawyer, I represent victims of boating accidents who have suffered serious injury and wrongful deaths resulting from serious boating accidents in Ontario. Most often, with Ontario boating accidents, alcohol is a contributing factor. We all know not to drink and drive a car, but this also needs to be the rule when it comes to boating.

Boating Accident Statistics

The Recreational Boating statistics in 2010 indicated that alcohol contributed to 19 % of boating deaths, which means that alcohol was the leading contributing factor in all fatal boating accidents. This shocking statistic is an increase by 3% points from 2009, when alcohol was indicated as the leading contributing factor to 16 5 of boating deaths. The primary contributing factors in most boating accidents were alcohol, speed, driver inattention, improper lookout and inexperienced drivers.

A Canadian Red Cross study covering 15 years of boating deaths in Canada (1991 to 2006) found that of 2,232 people who drowned or died of hypothermia, only 12% were wearing a life jacket properly. Approximately 85% of boating deaths occur in Canada’s fresh waterways, according to a 10-year study by the Canadian Red Cross published last year. According to the study, 393 recreational boaters drowned in B.C. between 1991 and 2006, accounting for 18% of all such deaths in Canada. Contributing factors in the deaths were lack of flotation devices, water temperature and drinking. 68% of drowning victims were not wearing a life jacket, and of those, 27% of motorboaters had life jackets on board but chose not to wear them, while 13% of people in nonmotorized boats died with their flotation devices stowed out of reach. Boaters who don’t have enough life vests on board face a fine for every life jacket they’re missing.

Please, be safe out there and enjoy the water and this beautiful summer we are having!