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OPP searching for dump truck driver after crash north of Guelph

OPP are searching for the driver of a dump truck who struck wires on Wellington Road 39 early Tuesday morning

OPP are searching for the driver of a dump truck after an early morning traffic incident just north of Guelph. 

Constable Joshua Cunningham says it happened on Wellington Road 39 around 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday. 

"A dump truck was travelling southbound with the dump-box in the up position - it appears someone must have forgotten to lower it, and when they were going through the neighbourhood they pulled down a bunch of high voltage wires."

Cunningham says they do have a couple of people at the scene who witnessed the incident happen.

"We're also looking into what surveillance is in the area. Likely, the driver knows they had been through the area with the dump-box up, and they may think they're protecting themselves from any other responsibilities. What they need to keep in mind, is if they don't come forward .. through witness accounts and other surveillance we can come find them. And if we do have to come find them, and they don't do the right thing by coming to us - they may be on the hook for some more charges."

Some hydro customers in the area were affected for hours, but all power has since been restored. 

"Hydro worked as fast as they could to get things back up, and the road is closed for the remainder of the day. The reality is - we know this probably wasn't intentional, and that it was an accident."

Cunningham says in this day and age - there's always witnesses, so you might as well just do the right thing!

"Whether it's surveillance footage, dash cams, or passerbys in other vehicles - you will be spotted. We ask that people do the right thing; what they're supposed to do, and what society expects of them. When you make a mistake, your best best it to always admit you've made a mistake so you can move forward from there."

Wellington County OPP are asking anyone that was in the Wellington Road 39 area at 6:30 this morning, or anyone with further information, to contact them at 1-888-310-1122.



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