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6 MARK WANZEL Photo For the second time in a week, Highway 400 through Innisfil was closed for a multi-vehicle crash. Although there were fewer motorists involved in the Wednesday incident, a woman was sent to hospital with serious injuries. A six-vehicle crash on Highway 400 at the 4th Line bridge sent a woman to hospital with life-threatening injuries on Wednesday. According to the OPP, she was taken to hospital by land ambulance, then transported to a Toronto hospital by air ambulance. Highway 400 was closed for several hours in both directions from Highway 89 to Innisfil Beach Road because of the crash. Police say the driver of a tractortrailer travelling south at about 11:30 a.m. lost control as traffic was slowing for a collision farther down the highway. The tractor-trailer rearended a cube truck, forcing it through the centre steel guardrail into the northbound lanes where it collided with a Honda Civic and a minivan. Two other vehicles in the southbound lanes also became involved in the collision. The Barrie woman driving the minivan suffered critical injuries and was airlifted to a Toronto hospital. No one else was injured in the crash. Terri Valkyrie was stuck in traffic behind the crash, but got out of her vehicle to walk up and see the damage. ?I couldn't even figure out how this happened by looking at it,? she said, noting the truck caused extensive damage to the Highway 400 median. ?He took at least 25 feet of the guard rail out.? The crash also resulted in a large fuel spill, likely from the flatbed transport truck, which contributed to the highway's closure. ?It's very bad, a lot of fuel everywhere, so it's going to take a while,? OPP Sgt. Dave Woodford said Wednesday afternoon. Brad Allen, who's with the MOE Barrie office, said the ministry sent an environmental officer to the site to ensure any potential effects to the environment are addressed, and to monitor the cleanup work. ?It is estimated that 1,000 litres of diesel fuel has spilled to the road,? Allen said Wednesday afternoon. ?A cleanup company has been retained by the vehicle owner and is en route. The ministry will be overseeing the clean-up work to ensure it is completed properly.? Zaib Mahood, 24, of Barrie, was returning from his studies in Toronto when the crash happened. ?I just barely missed it,? he said, estimating he was 100 vehicles behind the collisions. ?I probably never stopped as quick as I did. Right before the crash, a bunch of cars started swerving. I'm glad I made it out without hitting anyone. ?I was able to stop, but far ahead of me I just saw a bunch of cars going from the right lane hard into the left lane. From 100 to zero. It's the fastest I've ever been able to stop.? Mahood said the road conditions were generally clear at the time; there was no ice, snow or water on the 400. SEE PAGE 2

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IAN MCINROY Innisfil Examiner An Innisfil man faces an Internet luring charge after a provincial police sting operation caught him meeting who he thought was going to be a 15-year-old girl. Instead, it was an undercover police officer. Police arrested the 26-year-old man Tuesday at a Barrie restaurant and a search warrant executed at his Innisfil home led investigators to computer equipment, which was seized. The six-week investigation involved provincial police, Barrie city police and South Simcoe police. "The OPP child exploitation unit ran the undercover operation," South Simcoe police Const. Rich Williamson. "It's something they do on a regular basis by impersonating somebody on the Internet to try and catch these people. They reach out to people or place ads or use websites. They're out there patrolling the Internet." SEE PAGE 2

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