Uxbridge couple die in Highlands East crash
|By Alex Coop - Staff Writer | July 20, 2017|
Haliburton Highlands Ontario Provincial Police continue to investigate a major accident that took place Saturday night on Highway 118 in Highlands East that has left two people dead.
The local detachment confirmed George Eliadis, 52, and Shari Williams, 42, of Uxbridge died between Trappers Trail and Essonville Line after a Chrysler PT Cruiser crossed the centre line and crashed into four motorcycles travelling westbound.
The two injured motorcyclists suffered serious life-threatening injuries. The male driver of the PT Cruiser sustained minor injuries.
As of press time, no charges have been laid. A total of seven motorcycles were travelling together.
A witness, who asked not to be named, was on his way home when he saw debris and bodies on the road.
Emergency responders were already on their way, he said.
“I just pulled over, and helped direct traffic,” he said. “It wasn’t a pretty scene.”
Eliadis was a 27-year veteran of the Toronto Paramedic Services. He was well-known to the Toronto community, Kim McKinnon, superintendent of public information and media for the Toronto Paramedic Services, said in a press release.
McKinnon described him as a “highly respected advanced care paramedic,” who provided leadership on paramedic teams that also supported large events like the Pan Am Games, Caribana and Pride.
These types of major collisions are not common, said Chris Baughman, acting Highlands East fire Chief.
“But we’ve had calls of this nature in the past,” he told The Highlander, adding the Highlands East fire department helped provide first aid and block traffic.
“The Haliburton fire department also responded to this event and worked very well as a team with us,” he said.
Baughman emphasized the importance of debriefing after a serious accident such as this one.
“We do have programs in place to watch for stresses from this type of incident, and counselling will be provided if necessary.”
Police are seeking the public’s help. Anyone with information can call 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Anonymous tips can be submitted online at crimestopperssdm.com.
Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.
ALEX COOP is a reporter for The Highlander.