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Notable fatal Canadian vehicle crashes

The crash that killed 11 people in southwestern Ontario Monday is not the first vehicle collision to claim many lives.
Ontario Provincial Police and emergency crews investigate the two-vehicle collision near Hampstead, Ont., that left 11 people dead on Monday. (Dave Chidley/Canadian Press)

The crash that killed 11 people in southwestern Ontario Monday is not the first vehicle collision to claim many lives. Here are five other notable examples:

  • Oct. 8, 1989: A family reunion turned tragic when a logging truck lost its load while travelling down a road in New Brunswick. The logs fell into a wagon carrying reunion participants on a hayride, killing 13 people. At least 45 were injured.
  • Oct. 13, 1997: A chartered bus carrying senior citizens on a tour plunged off an embankment about 100 kilometres northeast of Quebec City. The 30-foot fall killed 43 of the 48 passengers on board.
  • Sept. 3, 1999: Dense fog near Windsor, Ont., caused an 87-vehicle pileup on Highway 401. Eight people died in the ensuing blazes and another 45 were injured.
  • March 16, 2000: A minivan carrying pre-school children on a day-care outing crashed near St-Jean-Baptiste-de-Nicolet, Que, killing eight of the 10 toddlers on board.
  • Jan. 12, 2008: Freezing rain on a highway near Bathurst, N.B., caused a high school basketball coach to veer into the path of a tractor-trailer while driving his team home from an out of town game. Eight people, including seven players, were killed.