Police and Labour investigation continues into fatal accident

April 14, 2017


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The Ontario Ministry of Labour and the Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment continue to investigate a fatal accident that took place southwest of Exeter on Monday morning.

Shortly after 9:15 a.m. on April 10, 2017 Huron OPP, Huron County Paramedic Services and South Huron Fire Department responded to a 9-1-1 call for assistance at a grain elevator located on Kirkton Road southwest of Exeter. Upon arrival emergency personnel located an unresponsive male victim. The adult male's injuries proved to be fatal and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The preliminary investigation has revealed a truck driver had just finished dropping off his load and he had cleared the weigh station. Prior to leaving the grain elevator property the driver stopped to check on the condition of his trailer. A short while later he was found lying pinned beneath one of the tractor-trailer tires.

 Investigators from The Ministry of Labour, OPP West Region Technical Traffic Collision Investigation Team (TTCI) and OPP Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Unit attended the scene to assist with the investigation. 

The deceased has been identified as William INCH, 62 years of age from St. Mary's.

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On April 10, 2017 at approximately 1:42 p.m., Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of male injured as a result of a tree felling mishap that occurred on Grey Rd. 4 in the Municipality of Grey Highlands. The lone male had been cutting trees with a chainsaw on his rural property when the incident occurred.  

The 76-year old victim suffered serious injuries. He was taken to a local hospital and was later transported, via ambulance, to a Toronto hospital where he is in critical condition.

OPP remind homeowners that tree care and removal work is hazardous and may be dangerous. Successfully felling a tree requires knowledge of tree physics, dangerous tools and cutting techniques. Homeowners who attempt their own tree trimming or removal may be injured by falling limbs, malfunctioning equipment, or the tree itself.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a secure web-tip at
 www.cstip.ca, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.  


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