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Transport truck crashes claimed 63 lives in 2018, OPP says

Police service released collision stats ahead of Operation Corridor
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The OPP says its statistics show that among the thousands of crashes in 2018 involving transport trucks, almost half – 40 per cent – involved a truck that was either following too closely or had made an improper lane change.

With the provincial police service gearing up for another season of Operation Corridor, a 24-hour enforcement and education campaign, the OPP released some stats on crashes involving transport trucks last year.

The OPP said it responded to 7,674 transport truck collisions last year. These crashes claimed 63 lives and caused 1,142 injuries. Nearly 75 per cent of the people killed in the collisions were passengers in other vehicles.

Close to 80 per cent of last year's transport truck-related collisions were multi-vehicle crashes, making this a significant road safety issue, OPP said.

Operation Corridor targets commercial vehicle drivers with the goal of reducing deaths, injuries and collisions that involve commercial motor vehicles.