Two people hospitalized after multi-vehicle crash in Etobicoke
CTV News Toronto
Published Wednesday, March 13, 2019 10:55AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, March 13, 2019 12:58PM EDT
Two people have been hospitalized after a crash in a residential area of Etobicoke on Wednesday morning.
It happened near Royal York Road and Kingsgrove Boulevard shortly after 9 a.m.
Toronto police said two vehicles were involved in the crash and that one person had to be extricated from the wreckage.
Images from the scene show two badly damaged vehicles on the front lawn of a home. One of the vehicles appears to have flipped onto its roof and the other sustained severe front-end damage.
Paramedics transported one person to a trauma centre with serious injuries and another to a local hospital with minor injuries.
“At this point it appears the vehicles struck each other, both lost control, hitting a snow bank, hitting a tree, rolling over and coming to a rest on the sidewalk,” Sgt. Brett Moore said during a Periscope video taken from the scene.
He called the crash “totally unacceptable,” pointing to the neighbourhood’s posted speed limit of 40 km/h.
“This is a heavily residential area. This is right in the middle of a pedestrian crossing zone,” he said.
“This is also day three of our March break campaign where we’re really talking about the hazards and the risks that drivers and road users are taking, which obviously and inevitably lead to injuries.”
On Monday, Toronto police kicked off a week-long campaign aimed at promoting road safety and cracking down on unacceptable driving behaviours.
The campaign will also educate vulnerable road users, like pedestrians and cyclists, about their responsibility to ensure safety on roadways.
“We’re conducting zero-tolerance enforcing on speeding drivers, drivers who drive distracted, drivers who are impaired, and definitely drivers who are aggressive, because we know – the research shows – that more often than not that is what is leading to crashes and collisions and injuries,” he said.
Roads have been closed in the area to accommodate an investigation. There was no word on whether anyone involved in the crash will face charges.