Trucker charged in Highway 69 crash

A truck driver from Mississauga faces a charge of careless driving in relation to a three-vehicle collision on Highway 69. Around 9 a.m. on Wednesday of last week, members of the Noelville and Sudbury OPP responded to the crash, which occurred in the French River area.

“A line of vehicles was stopped at a construction area controlled by flag persons,” the OPP said in a release. “A tractor-trailer travelling southbound rear-ended the last stopped southbound vehicle, causing that vehicle to collide with another stopped southbound vehicle.”

After impact, the tractor-trailer crossed the roadway and came to rest in a ditch. A large debris field littered the roadway, police said, causing the highway to be closed for 90 minutes. The occupants of the two smaller vehicles were transported to hospital by Emergency Medical Services with non-life-threatening injuries.

The uninjured truck driver, Jeremy Ruddy, 44, of Mississauga, was charged with careless driving and will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Sudbury on June 20. The collision remains under investigation and police are asking any person with information regarding to immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or their nearest police authority. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit information online at www.tipsubmit.com, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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