Brampton trucker facing charges after crash near Thunder Bay

Published February 28, 2023 at 10:27 am

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Two truckers including one from Brampton have been charged for driving with a heavily damaged trailer on one of Ontario’s busiest highways.

Just after 1:00 p.m. on Feb. 16, Ontario Provincial Police officers were called to a crash involving a commercial motor vehicle on Hwy 11 near Jellicoe, approximately 230 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay.

Police say both the truck and trailer were damaged in the crash, but just two days later, someone reported seeing the same truck with a damaged trailer and damaged cab travelling on Hwy 11 in the Cochrane area.

Officers from the James Bay OPP were called in and stopped the vehicle south of Cochrane. Two men including one from Brampton have been charged along with the owner of the truck, who is based out of Winnipeg.

A 27-year-old driver from Brampton has been charged with:

  • Operate unsafe vehicle – commercial motor vehicle
  • Fail to accurately complete daily inspection report
  • Fail to enter defect in daily inspection report
  • Drive commercial motor vehicle with a major defect in it or in drawn vehicle

A 33-year-old driver from Brantford was also charged with:

  • Operate unsafe vehicle – commercial motor vehicle
  • Fail to accurately complete daily inspection report
  • Fail to enter defect in daily inspection report
  • Drive commercial motor vehicle with a major defect in it or in drawn vehicle

The owner of the vehicle from Winnipeg has been charged with:

  • Operate unsafe vehicle – commercial motor vehicle – two counts
  • Fail to accurately complete daily inspection report – two counts
  • Fail to enter defect in daily inspection report
  • Drive commercial motor vehicle with a major defect in it or in drawn vehicle – two counts

Police say the damaged vehicle was taken out of service in Cochrane.

The OPP is reminding commercial motor vehicle drivers that operating a vehicle with major defects “will not be tolerated as it risks the safety of the entire motoring public.”

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