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Police charge drivers taking photos of Hwy. 401 bus crash

By Jennifer O'Brien, The London Free Press

Provincial police say the death of a worker at a Tottenham facility Thursday morning is non-suspicious in nature. The Ministry of Labour is investigating.
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Provincial police say the death of a worker at a Tottenham facility Thursday morning is non-suspicious in nature. The Ministry of Labour is investigating. POSTMEDIA FILE PHOTO

A 71-year-old Pennsylvania man is charged with careless driving after a bus carrying 30 school kids crashed in Oxford County, police said.

Oxford County OPP have also charged four people with distracted driving in relation with the crash after officers said those drivers were taking pictures of the scene from their mobile devices.

"It's silly," said Const. Lisa Narancsik. ". . . .going by slowly with their phones out the window. It's very frustrating because it's so unsafe.

"We all know distracted driving with cell phones is one of the top causes of (road) fatalities."

The people were charged Tuesday, the same day the province announced new legislation that will increase distracted driving fines to $1,000 from $300. People who are convicted of the crime will also lose three demerit points.

No kids were hurt in the crash, which occurred about 4 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of Hwy. 401, while the bus was headed to Toronto for a school trip.

At that time, the bus, "veered off the roadway, hit the median and ended up across all three lanes," said Narancsik.

jennifer.obrien@sunmedia.ca

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