Two-vehicle collision in Ontario claims 11 lives

This accident northeast of Stratford, Ontario, took a terrible toll -- 11 people dead.
This accident northeast of Stratford, Ontario, took a terrible toll -- 11 people dead.

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This accident northeast of Stratford, Ontario, took a terrible toll -- 11 people dead. 00:57

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  • 'I've never seen anything quite like this," says a veteran officer
  • Many of the victims believed to be migrant workers
Eleven people were killed and three were injured Monday after a tractor-trailer slammed into a passenger van northeast of Stratford, Ontario, according to Inspector Steve Porter with the Perth County, Ontario, Provincial Police.
"I've been on the job for 28 years, and I've never seen anything quite like this collision tonight," Porter said of the accident about 90 miles southwest of Toronto.
Police said the accident happened around 4.51 p.m. ET when the westbound passenger van was hit by a southbound tractor-trailer at the intersection of Perth Roads 107 and 47. The rural intersection is controlled by stop signs.
Thirteen people, who police believe were migrant workers, were inside the 15-passenger van. Three survived the accident and were taken to area hospitals, authorities said. The driver of the tractor-trailer also died.
Police said they expected to remain on scene for the rest of the evening investigating the collision.