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February 1, 2006
Toronto Fire Services vehicle struck
Yesterday evening, at approximately 8:35 p.m., Toronto Fire Services responded to the report of a vehicle fire on the ramp from the eastbound 401 to Highway 400. While battling the fire, an approaching vehicle collided with a vehicle stopped for the accident, and a Toronto Fire Pumper.

There was significant damage to all three vehicles involved, and the driver of the moving vehicle was transported to hospital with minor injuries. This is the second such accident to occur in the last four days.

Toronto Fire Services would like to remind all drivers that when approaching an emergency scene, where any emergency vehicle is stopped and has lights flashing, drivers must slow down and proceed with caution, so as not to collide with or endanger emergency workers. Failure to do so can result in a charge under Section 159.1 of the Highway Traffic Act. If charged, fines can range from $400 to $2000 for a first offense, and $1000 to $4000 or imprisonment for up to six months for subsequent offenses. Drivers also may be subject to license suspension.

“Please operate you vehicle with caution around emergency scenes, so as not to endanger any emergency service worker,” says Fire Chief Bill Stewart.

Media contact:

David Sheen
Toronto Fire Services Public Information Officer
416-578-4316 (Cell)
416-468-9978 Pager (Pager)



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