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The Independent Sept. 19, 2013 : Page 1

Vol. 1, Issue 3 SIU investigates crash HEATHER WRIGHT The Independent Liability, ridership concerns stall Petrolia bus Thursday, September 19, 2013 SIU probes OPP pursuit “Don’t shoot!” says fleeing suspect: witness HEATHER WRIGHT The Independent The province’s Special Investigations Unit is asking for witnesses to come forward after a police chase ended with a car crash in a bean field near Wyoming. The SIU is investigating after three people were taken to hospital after a car crashed on Camlachie Road. SIU spokesperson Monica Hudon says the OPP tried to stop a vehicle near Petrolia around 4:15pm Sunday. Around 5pm Saturday witnesses say the tan four-door car coming from the Petrolia area raced north toward Confederation Road with an OPP cruiser close behind it. Witnesses told The Independent another police car was headed south toward the speeding car. The tan car being pursued left the road way and crashed in a soybean field with the man yelling, “Don’t shoot!” Police caught up with the man and brought him back to the cruiser where paramedics examined him and brought the man and two others who were in the car to hospital in neck braces. A 25-year-old woman who was a passenger in the car was taken to hospital in London with a broken collarbone. Police say the 29-year-old driver of the car was arrested. There are unconfirmed reports the man is one of five on a most wanted list issued by Sarnia Police. No further details are being released since the SIU in now looking into the chase. The unit is charged with investigating when a civilian is injured or killed in an encounter with police. Continiued on page 2 Wyoming Firefighters help paramedics lift a 29 year-old man on a backboard from a soybean field on Cam-lachie Road. A high speed chase by the OPP ended with the tan four-door crashing near Wyoming. The driver of the car and two women were taken to hospital. One 25 year-old broke her collar bone. The province’s Spe-cial Investigations Unit is now examining the crash. Heather Wright Photo There won’t be a bus service from Petrolia to Sarnia after all. The town was investigating setting up a bus to Sarnia for Petrolia and other central Lambton communities, mostly for classes at Lambton College. The service would also have been available to others in the community without transportation who had appointments in Sarnia. Mayor John McCharles says the town considered putting as much as $13,000 up for seed money to start the service. Town officials had spoken with their counterparts in Plympton-Wyoming who were also willing to give seed money for the venture. “The costs don’t seem to be quite extreme,” he says. “It would be about $200 per day which is about $5 per person, if we had 40 people.” But McCharles told council Monday there was no guarantee there would be 40 riders. “That’s possible, but it is very difficult to really plan on that because we have not had that number of people come forward,” he says. Several members of council voiced concerns about ridership. “We have people that are willing to use it but it is time restrictive,” says Councilor Tim Brown, noting the bus would have to leave Petrolia and Sarnia at a set time, such as 7 am and 5 pm. “A college student who is done at noon, they’re not going to want to use it.” Councilor Joel Field says several people have said their children might use the service but he hasn’t heard from anyone who would leave Petrolia at 7 am and come back at 5 pm for a medical appointment. And while ridership is a worry, McCharles says liability is a greater concern. “For the municipality to put forward seed money would be a bit of a danger. We would be liable for anything that would happen regarding the bus service,” says the mayor. “It may not be the town’s fault…but certainly, if someone was injured, the first plan of attack would be the municipality.” And while the town will step away from the idea, McCharles says another group, perhaps a service club, might consider taking on a project to provide bus services to Sarnia for college age students. “It is a bit disappointing because there are a number of people who would use it,” says McCharles. “But I don’t see it as a viable operation as far as the municipality is concerned.” WANT TO WIN Of course you do. AN iPAD? Banner Ad LIKE us on FACEBOOK and you will be entered into a draw to WIN an IPAD... draw date will occur once we reach 1500 likes. Recommend to your friends and family as the sooner we get 1500 likes the sooner the draw at MacFarlane Chevrolet Buick GMC will occur for an IPAD 4219 Oil Heritage Road • Petrolia • 519-882-1090

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