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Canada Survivors seek $500M in Highway 401 crash that killed three Chinese tourists in 2018

15:41  12 december  2019
15:41  12 december  2019 Source:   ottawacitizen.com

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a man riding on the back of a bus: Police investigators on scene of the bus involved in the crash on the 401 west of Prescott. © Wayne Cuddington Police investigators on scene of the bus involved in the crash on the 401 west of Prescott.

A $500-million lawsuit has been launched by 23 Chinese passengers injured when their tour bus slammed into a rocky embankment along a notorious stretch of Hwy. 401 near Prescott.

While three tourists were killed in the crash, first responders arrived shortly after 2:30 p.m. on June 4, 2018, to find dazed and bloodied passengers on the side of the highway in a mass disaster scene.

The most seriously injured were taken by helicopter for treatment, while dozens more scattered by land ambulance to hospitals in Brockville, Kingston, Kemptville and Ottawa.

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PRESCOTT, Ont. — Provincial police say a 54-year-old Chinese man has died after being injured in a tour bus crash in eastern Ontario on Monday. Officers say a bus carrying 37 people — including the driver, a tour guide and a group of Chinese tourists — drove off Highway 401 between Brockville

a man talking on a cell phone:  Lu Renlie, right, speaks about the deadly tour bus crash near Prescott to local translator Nathan Bi, left, at a motel on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 in Brockville, Ont.© Ronald Zajac Lu Renlie, right, speaks about the deadly tour bus crash near Prescott to local translator Nathan Bi, left, at a motel on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 in Brockville, Ont.

There were 37 people on board, including 35 Chinese citizens, and the vast majority suffered some kind of injury, some traumatic.

The lawsuit, filed by personal injury specialists MG Law of Ottawa and Thomson Rogers of Toronto, names 39 plaintiffs — 23 passengers and 16 family members who allegedly suffered in the aftermath of dealing with their injured loved ones back in China.

The statement of claim, filed Dec. 4, names five defendants: driver Jia Qi, travel company Union Tour Express Inc., Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation, and two companies allegedly doing road work in the area, Cruickshank Construction Ltd., and Coco Paving.

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Qi, 32, an American citizen from Flushing, New York, was charged in February with careless driving under the Highway Traffic Act and told to appear in a courtroom in Brockville. He was to reappear in Provincial Offences Court this week. The less-serious traffic act charge carries a fine of between $400 and $2,000 and a possible jail term of up to six months.

At the time of the crash, a manager at Union Tour told this newspaper that Qi had only been employed by the firm — which specializes in Chinese visitors — for about a month. The tourists were on a 10-day swing of the Eastern United States and Canada and, at the time of the collision, were travelling from Ottawa to Toronto.

None of the wide-ranging allegations in the statement has been tested in court.

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The suit alleges Qi was an incompetent employee who should not have been driving a motor coach and makes the broad claim that he may have been impaired by alcohol, drugs, fatigue and may also have been distracted by his cellphone or GPS device. It also suggests he was driving too fast for the conditions, which included a reduction in the normal width of driving lanes.

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Three Chinese citizens died in the crash , and some survivors are still in Brockville, Ont., awaiting their trips back home. It's been a week since a bus carrying 37 people — mostly tourists from China — crashed into a rock wall along Highway 401 near Prescott, Ont., killing three people and injuring

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The 47-page suit also alleges that Union Tour, which is based outside Boston, Massachusetts, was negligent in employing Qi and that it failed to ensure its coach was in proper mechanical condition.

A search of U.S. transportation records found Union Tour operated 15 vehicles in early 2018 and its fleet had been inspected 112 times in the previous 12 months, with only relatively minor problems being discovered.

The construction companies are cited for not properly responding to hazardous driving conditions along this stretch of the 401. It alleges that “channeling devices” were not adequate to guide motorists along the altered path through the construction zone. It also posits that rumble strips were not reinstalled to help motorists stay in their lanes.

In a similar vein, the lawsuit alleges the Ministry of Transportation was negligent in not ensuring the road had better markings and had an adequate “traffic control plan.” It further said the ministry ignored an obviously hazardous set of road conditions and did not properly perform its oversight role over the two contractors.

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The crash killed three tourists and injured 34 others. Qui was charged in November but police say they wanted to alert passengers who live in China before going public. At the time of the crash , Chinese diplomats in Canada made it clear that it expected the Massachusetts-based travel agency

Changlin Xu, 54, Xueying Ye, 57, and Weiping Lu, 60, all died in the crash.

The lawsuit details the damages to each of the 23 injured plaintiffs. Many had head, neck and back injuries, the suit alleges, and continue to suffer from impaired mobility, disfiguration, depression, fatigue, numbness and chronic pain. It goes on to say there are multiple problems with impaired memory and normal cognition, as well as psychological effects like anxiety, PTSD and social isolation.

The scene, indeed, sounded horrific. One passenger said the crash was like an earthquake and described survivors walking from the scene in bloodstained clothing. The Queensway-Carleton Hospital had to assemble a rapid response team as 20 of the passengers descended from a bus and needed immediate triaging and treatment.

On top of the $500 million, the suit seeks indemnification against any claims that might be made against plaintiffs by the Ontario Hospital Insurance Plan for past or future treatments. Postmedia reached out to all five defendants but none had any comment. MTO, in fact, said it had yet to receive “formal notification” of the claim.

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2 dead, 2 injured in Highway 401 crash southeast of Guelph .
Ontario Provincial Police are investigating a crash southeast of Guelph that left two people dead and two people injured early Saturday. The crash, involving three vehicles, happened in the westbound lanes of Highway 401 near Highway 6 North in the Township of Puslinch. Police were called to the scene at about 2:50 a.m.Police identified the man who died as Ramnauth Seebachan, 65, and the woman who died as Pardmini Seebachan, 59. Both were passengers in one of the vehicles and from the Cambridge area.

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