5 Things To Know Today
Man charged with impaired driving in fatal 401 collision /just one westbound lane is currently getting by at Brock Street, backlog stretches about 15km to the 35/115 split. Gas prices continue to rise. Dash-cam footage captures deadly Taiwan plane crash. Jordan retaliates after ISIS hostage killing. Today is world cancer day.
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MAN CHARGED WITH IMPAIRED DRIVING IN FATAL 401 CRASH
A trucker is dead and another driver is facing impaired charges after a crash on Highway 401 in Whitby. The incident happened around 10pm last night. The impaired driver of a jeep lost control of his vehicle in the westbound lanes at Brock Street. That caused a transport truck to rear-end the Jeep, flipping it into a ditch on the right side of the highway. The truck driver also lost control and rolled his truck, which killed the 51-year-old. Just one westbound lane is currently getting by at Brock Street and the backlog stretches about 15km to the 35/115 split. The 32-year-old Toronto man in the jeep is accused of impaired driving causing death.
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GAS PRICES CONTINUE TO RISE
It was fun while it lasted! Drivers were given a treat of cheaper gas prices but according to experts, increases are on the way. The price of gas jumped 2 cents on Wednesday morning and Dan McTeague of Gasbuddy.com says the prices could continue to rise in the days ahead. “It looks like the double whammy of both the decrease in value of the Canadian dollar and the increase in global commodity prices has led to a rather unfortunate scenario for consumers who have been enjoying record low prices,” McTeague told reporters. According to Gasbuddy.com, prices are up an average of 3.6 cents from a week ago. “These are startling for most people who are quite comfortable with paying under a dollar a litre, but it looks like may come to a rather dramatic end.” However, he still says the prices are a steal compared to last years average price of $1.24/litre. In Toronto, average price is just over 95 cents/litre.
VIDEO: 15 DEAD IN TAIWAN PLANE CRASH
Taiwanese reports say at least 15 people are dead following a plane crash in Taipei. The countries Central News Agency says the flight, on its way to the outlying island of Kinmen, lost contact with controllers just before 11am. It’s fuselage landed in the Keelung River near the Sungshan airport downtown. The plane clipped a bridge shortly before takeoff and careened into a shallow river early Wednesday morning. The main section of the aircraft was found on its side, missing a wing. The plane also hit a taxi, injuring the driver. The plane was holding 58 people at the time of the accident. Rescue efforts are continuing and reports say 26 people have been pulled from the plane so far, with the others still trapped inside. Wreckage from the turboprop ATR 72 are still being collected from the river, with rubber boats and other rescue crews seen unloading carry-on luggage from the plane door.
JORDAN RETALIATES AFTER ISIS HOSTAGE KILLING
After reportedly burning alive a Jordanian hostage, officials with the country say they are retaliating against Islamic militants, operating under the term ISIS, or ISIL. A Jordanian government spokesman says they have executed two former al-Qaeda operatives, including Sajida al-Rishawi, on Wednesday morning. Al-Rishawi was convicted back in 2005 for allegedly attempting to blow up a Jordanian hotel. The Iraqi-born suspect had a vest of explosives strapped beneath her robe, but they didn’t detonate. Her husband, an al-Qaeda operative, was successful and killed 27 guests at wedding, along with himself. Al-Rishawi was sentenced to the death penalty, which was re-instated in December following an eight year ban. She confessed to the crime on television, saying “There was a wedding with children, women and men inside. My husband detonated [his bomb], I tried to explode [my belt] but it wouldn’t. People fled and I ran with them,” she said, according to The Independent. ISIS was demanding her release in exchange for the freedom of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kassabeh. It’s believed he was killed on January 3rd.
TODAY IS WORLD CANCER DAY
It’s a disease that comes in many forms and impacts so many. On Wednesday, the Federal Minister of Health will be stopping in Toronto to make an announcement in honor of this years World Cancer Day. The goal of World Cancer Day is to create a positive and proactive approach to the fight against cancer by implementing what we already know in the areas of prevention, while raising awareness and funds for research and treatment. The Honourable Rona Ambrose will will be joined by the Canadian Cancer Society, Brain Canada, and the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada at the Hospital for Sick Children for the scheduled conference at 9pm. Also in honor of World Cancer Day, the Revue Cinema is hosting a special screening of the flim No Evidence of Disease. Showtimes are Feb. 4th at 7pm and Feb. 5th at 9pm. Also, Mayor John Tory will be taking part in a charity event as the celebrity barber at the launch of No-Hair-Selfie campaign for The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.