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Tractor trailer driver charged after wheels come off on Hwy 69

A set of dual tires came off of a north-bound vehicle and hit head-on with a south-bound Sports Utility Vehicle
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NEWS RELEASE
ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE
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WALLBRIDGE TOWNSHIP - On April 13, 2018 a member of the West Parry Sound Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a motor vehicle collision on Highway 69 in Wallbridge Township, Ont. Shortly before 1 p.m., a set of dual tires came off of a north-bound vehicle and hit head-on with a south-bound Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV). No injuries resulted from the collision.

Police located the tractor trailer and conducted a traffic stop. As a result of an investigation in collaboration with the Ministry of Transportation (MTO), Kenneth Ostrander, a 61-year-old male from Waubaushene was charged with:

  • Operate unsafe vehicle - commercial motor vehicle contrary to section 84 (1) of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA),
  • Fail to carry daily logs contrary to section 190 (3) of the HTA,
  • Fail to surrender completed daily inspection report contrary to section 170 (7) of the HTA, and
  • Insecure load contrary to section 111 (2) the HTA.

The driver was placed out of service for 72 hours by MTO due to log issues. He was served a summons and is scheduled to attend the Ontario Court of Justice in Parry Sound, Ontario on May 15, 2018.The trailer plates were seized and the trailer was deemed unfit.

It is the obligation of commercial motor vehicle drivers to conduct a thorough vehicle inspection before driving. Special attention to tires and hook-ups before departing may uncover mechanical issues before they cause difficulties on roadways while driving.

Complacency is dangerous.

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