A fatal crash in Burlington has claimed the life of a 58 year-old woman and left a 19 year-old with life altering injuries.Police say around 10 o’clock this morning they received several calls about a man driving a vehicle erratically down Fairview street. Tonight there are still markers on the curb and grass tracking the path of the SUV as it left the roadway, that’s when tragedy struck.The vehicle mounted the curb, striking two pedestrians.Police say the 73 year-old man driving this vehicle first struck a teen who was walking on the sidewalk. The man was airlifted to the Hamilton General Hospital in serious conditionHalton Police say the 19 year-old man suffered life altering injuries. His leg was amputated below the knee by the impact from the collision.One man saw the air ambulance land, and paramedics helping the victim who was laying here in this area.“I assumed he was severely hurt just by the way they were working on him and how they put him on the stretcher.”Then a short distance down the street from where the man was struck police say a 58 year-old woman walking by the former restaurant, Chaps when she was hit. She died at the scene.Those who live nearby are shaken.“Its shocking to hear that people lost their lives here.”“This is almost like a QEW accident, the damage, the doors flown off, one person passed away I just wonder what happened.”Police suspect that the 73 year-old man driving this SUV may have suffered a medical emergency which caused him to drive erratically, but they’re still investigating all other possibilities.Investigators were on scene trying to trace the vehicles tracks and they took pictures of the badly damaged vehicle, that also hit a hydro poll and smashed into this restaurant patio.“Aside from the property damage, anytime there is a serious injury or loss of life, you cant get more serious than that.”The mayor of Burlington, Rick Goldring, tweeted his concern saying: “All of Burlington’s thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families affected by the tragic motor vehicle/pedestrian accident that occurred earlier today on Fairview. Thanks to all our first responders for providing professional and caring service.”The driver of the vehicle suffered head injuries from hitting the patio, he is also in hospital recovering. Police say it is too early in the investigation to say whether charges will be laid, they are suspecting that the driver was in medical distress when this happened.CHCH has been told that the driver’s family is with him in the hospital.Police also say the family of the 19 year-old who lost his leg are by his side in the hospital. They are still trying to notify next of kin of the 58 year-old woman who was killed, her identity has not been released.
Crews work to clean up an oil spill on the North Saskatchewan river near Maidstone, Sask., in a July 22, 2016, file photo. The Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice is reviewing whether charges are warranted against Husky Energy for its role in a major oil spill last summer.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson by Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 23, 2017 11:03 am MDT Last Updated Mar 24, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Saskatchewan Justice reviewing whether charges warranted in Husky oil spill REGINA – Saskatchewan’s Justice Ministry is reviewing Husky Energy’s response to alarms before a major oil spill last summer to determine whether charges are warranted.The department is also looking into a delay in shutting down the ruptured pipeline.“I am deeply concerned about this … and I think our actions to date, and going forward … show that we’ve taken this very seriously,” Energy and Resources Minister Dustin Duncan said Thursday at the legislature.The leak last July allowed 225,000 litres of heavy oil mixed with diluent to spill onto the bank of the North Saskatchewan River. About 40 per cent reached the river.Government investigators say the leak began July 20, the day before the spill was discovered.Investigators found that the pipeline’s alarms were warning of potential problems before the spill and continued until the line was shut down for scheduled maintenance at 7:15 a.m. on July 21.Husky said last summer that pipeline monitoring indicated pressure anomalies at 8 p.m. on July 20 and the company started a shutdown at 6 a.m.Duncan said he’s also concerned that the government was first told about the spill by a member of the public.“It was the ministry that notified Husky that there was oil spotted by a resident of the province on the river. It wasn’t the other way around. They didn’t notify us first. We notified them.”Husky Energy (TSX:HSE) could face fines of up to $1 million a day under the Environmental Protection Act and $50,000 a day under the Pipelines Act.When asked about the justice department review, a Husky spokesman said: “We respect that there’s a process underway.”Mel Duvall said in an email to The Canadian Press that the summary provided by the Saskatchewan government appears to be consistent with the company’s own investigation.“As we have stated from the beginning, Husky accepts full responsibility and is using what we’ve learned from this incident to improve our systems and operating procedures.”Husky, which says it has spent $107 million on the clean up, has said the pipeline buckled because of ground movement.The spill forced the cities of North Battleford, Prince Albert and Melfort to shut their intakes from the river and find other water sources for almost two months.Environmentalists have called for Husky to be fined for discharging a substance that could hurt the environment.Hayley Carlson with the Saskatchewan Environmental Society said her group is happy that the investigation is being reviewed by prosecutors“If charges were laid in this case, it would definitely set a precedent that the government of Saskatchewan is willing to take this issue seriously,” said Carlson.The government says the Husky investigation has revealed that regulatory standards for pipelines that intersect with water need to be strengthened to address risks in those locations, slope movement in particular.The government is also investigating another major oil spill that was discovered by a member of the public.On Jan. 20, a band member from the Ocean Man First Nation in southeastern Saskatchewan found a 200,000-litre pool of crude on farmland.The pipeline responsible, owned by Tundra Energy Marketing Ltd., is nearly 50 years old and there’s no record of it ever being inspected by provincial authorities.— With files from Ian Bickis in Calgary