Charges pending after tractor trailer rear-ends car on Highway 401

A car was rear-ended by a tractor trailer on Highway 401 last night. Photo: OPP

OPP say charges are pending after a car was rear-ended by a tractor trailer on Highway 401 near Kenesserie Road.

Police say the crash occurred on June 12th, around 11:30 p.m.

Investigators say a motor vehicle had stopped on Highway 401 in the end queue for another motor vehicle collision. A tractor trailer failed to stop and collided into the rear of the motor vehicle sending it into the center median. The motor vehicle sustained extensive damage. Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.  The driver of the motor vehicle suffered minor injuries and was transport to hospital.

OPP say charges are pending against the driver of the tractor trailer.

OPP remind motorists to drive at the same speed as traffic around you without going over the speed limit. Leave a cushion of space around your vehicle to let other drivers see you and to avoid a collision.

Whenever you follow another vehicle, you need enough space to stop safely if the other vehicle brakes suddenly. A safe following distance is at least two seconds behind the vehicle in front of you. This lets you see around the vehicle ahead and gives you enough distance to stop suddenly.

To give yourself a two-second space, follow these steps:

1. Pick a marker on the road ahead, such as a road sign or telephone pole.

2. When the rear of the vehicle ahead passes the marker, count “one thousand and one, one thousand and two”.

3. When the front of your vehicle reaches the marker, stop counting. If you reach the marker before you count “one thousand and two,” you are following too closely.

Remember that the two-second rule gives a minimum following distance. It applies only to ideal driving conditions. You will need extra space in certain situations, such as bad weather, when following motorcycles or large trucks, or when carrying a heavy load.

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