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Volunteer firefighter struck by car in alleged hit-and-run

June 20, 2014, Alliston, Ont. - A 32-year-old man is facing an impaired driving charge in connection with an alleged hit-and-run in Alliston, Ont., that sent two road workers to hospital, one with serious injuries.

June 20, 2014
By The Canadian Press

It happened just before 3 a.m. in the community northwest of Toronto.

Provincial police say one of the workers — a man who is also a volunteer firefighter — was taken to a Toronto trauma centre with life-threatening injuries.

The other worker, a woman, is in a hospital in Alliston with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

It's alleged the two were painting lines on the road when they were hit by a truck that then fled the scene.

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A man was later arrested and is facing charges of impaired driving causing bodily harm and failing to remain at the scene.

Police say the incident serves as an important reminder for drivers keep an eye out for work crews, especially during construction season, and to slow down when approaching them.

It's expected the area around the scene of the collision will likely be closed for several hours.


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