One person is dead following a collision involving three tractor-trailers on Highway 4-0-1 west of Cornwall, Ontario. Ontario Provincial Police say late last night a tractor-trailer heading east hit another big rig which then struck a third tractor-trailer. The truck that was hit first caught fire and its driver was pronounced dead at the scene — the name and hometown of the driver have not been released. The two other drivers were not injured in the crash.
An earthquake of magnitude 8.1 struck off the southern coast of Mexico late on Thursday, killing at least six people and triggering small tsunami waves but no major destruction. The quake was apparently stronger than a devastating 1985 tremor that flattened swathes of Mexico City and killed thousands, but this time damage to the city was limited. A number of buildings suffered severe damage in parts of southern Mexico.
Hurricane Irma has weakened to a Category 4 storm as it batters the Caribbean on a path toward Florida but remains a powerful hurricane. The U-S National Hurricane Center says Irma’s maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 250-kilometres-per-hour. Hurricane warnings are in effect for South Florida as thousands of people evacuate.
Ottawa is joining a growing list of cities hoping to woo Amazon. The Seattle-based retail giant has announced it is looking for the best location for a second headquarters. Mayor Jim Watson says Ottawa’s educated workforce, strong research and innovation climate and a soon-to-be running light rail transit system make the city a good fit. The mayors of Toronto and Vancouver have also expressed interest in the opportunity.