Trucker charged in multi-fatal crash west of Gananoque

In this screen grab from Twitter, firefighters and O.P.P. officers look over the wreckage of a vehicle in a pileup on Highway 401 in Frontenac County, west of Gananoque. Ont. (@megwilkinson_/Twitter via Newswatch Group)

JOYCEVILLE – A transport truck driver from Quebec has been charged in relation to a seven vehicle pileup on Highway 401 Thursday, which killed four people.

Dunhill Tabanao, 37, of Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que. is charged with four counts of dangerous driving causing death and two counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

The accused was arrested at the scene of the wreck in the westbound lanes around 1:30 a.m. Thursday (May 11), about 30 kilometers west of Gananoque.

The seven vehicles – four tractor-trailers, an armoured truck and two passenger vehicles – collided. One of the passenger vehicles burst into flames, killing the four occupants inside.

Two other people had to be extricated and were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Tabanao appeared in a Kingston, Ont. court yesterday (May 11).

As for the identities of the victims, Frontenac County O.P.P. say they are still trying to positively identify the four people killed.

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