Driver dies in fiery crash involving dump truck in Oshawa
Published Friday, December 8, 2017 9:30AM EST Last Updated Friday, December 8, 2017 1:31PM EST
A female is dead after a fully loaded dump truck collided with a car in Oshawa, causing one of the vehicles to burst into flames.
Durham Regional Police say the collision occurred near Simcoe Street and Winchester Road at around 7 a.m.
The impact of the crash reportedly pushed the vehicle up against a hydro pole and sparked a fire. Hundreds of residents are without power as a result, Const. George Tudos said.
“We’re working with Hydro One and are trying to do a full reconstruction before we reach the powerlines that are affected,” he said. “I know that they've restored some of that but they still need to fix some damaged wires and some of their property where the collision took place."
The driver of the vehicle died at the scene while the driver of the dump truck “made it out okay,” Tudos said.
Initially, more than 2,400 customers were left without power but service has since been restored to all but 579 of those customers.
Simcoe Street has been closed between Britannia Avenue and Highway 407, and Winchester Road has been closed between Thornton Road and Bridle Road.
"It’s going to take a few hours while Durham Regional Police does their investigation and then after that there’s going to be some repairs done to some infrastructure around the intersection and the power lines too," Tudos said.
He added that officers are looking to speak to anyone who drove by and witnessed the crash.
“Our traffic services branch will do a full reconstruction and obviously speak to any witnesses that were in the area,” he said. “It is a populated area as far as traffic goes, so we are hoping someone can shed a little bit of a light as to the actions of these vehicles prior to them colliding.”