October 7

Mom and sons die in horrific crash

It’s a devastating tragedy on our roads. Some members of the OPP are calling it the worst crash they’ve ever seen. Around 3:30 Wednesday afternoon, a car slammed head on into a truck just east of Shelburne, leaving a mother and her two young sons dead.Two stuffed animals mark the spot on highway 89 where 43 year old Tina Anderson and her 3 year old son Benjamin Parkinson and 6 year old son Gunner Parkinson were killed. Anderson was driving her 2012 Honda Accord Westbound on 89 close to 1st line when her car crossed the centre line and collided head on with a dump truck. Anderson and her youngest son Benjamin were killed instantly. Gunner was rushed to hospital where he later died. The driver of the dump truck was taken to hospital in shock but has since been released.People who live off of highway 89 say they aren’t surprised to hear of such a horrific accident and say this stretch of roadway is very busy and very dangerous. Morley Brown lives off of highway 89. “People just seem to come over the hill and drive into the back of you when you are waiting to make a left hand turn.”Tina Anderson worked at St. John’s rehab at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. Executive VP Malcom Moffat released a statement that says “Tina has helped rebuild many lives through her work at St. John’s Rehab, and for that we are grateful. Our hearts and prayers go out to Tina’s family and friends during this very difficult time. She will be missed.”Anderson leaves behind her husband Chris Parkinson, the father of both Benjamin and Gunner. read more