Hwy. 401 westbound open again in Kingston after fatal pileup – CBC.ca

Hwy. 401 westbound open again in Kingston after fatal pileup - CBC.ca
1 dead, Hwy. 401 westbound closed near Kingston after major pileup
Highway 401 is open again through Kingston, Ont., after a fatal collision Sunday afternoon involving between 30 and 40 vehicles.

The crash happened just after 2:30 p.m. in snowy conditions, forcing Ontario Provincial Police to close the highway's westbound lanes from Joyceville Road to Highway 15.

Frontenac OPP Const. Curtis Dick told CBC News that one person had died in the pileup, which involved at least one tractor-trailer. The person's name has not been released.

In a statement to CBC News, Kingston General Hospital said between 15 and 20 people had arrived at the hospital, "most of whom have non-life-threatening injuries."

“Stranded motorists not involved in the collision are being remove from the highway by Kingston City Transit buses and taken to a warming centre,” OPP said.

Frontenac Paramedics, the local paramedic service, later said they had treated 16 people at the scene — including three people with life-threatening injuries.

The Ontario Provincial Police said about 30 to 40 passenger vehicles and tractor trailers were involved in the crash that happened on the westbound lanes of Highway 401 between Highway 15 and Montreal Street at around 2:30 p.m.

Stranded motorists not involved in the collision were taken to a warming centre at the Rideau Heights Community Centre by city buses, police said.

The vehicles left on the highway will be towed, OPP said. Motorists are asked to call the Frontenac Detachment of the OPP on Monday for details on where their vehicles are taken.

Dick said people whose vehicles had to be towed to clear the scene should contact Frontenac OPP Monday morning to find out where they'd been taken.

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KINGSTON — One person has died and multiple people have been injured following a crash involving 30 to 40 vehicles that shut down the westbound lanes of Highway 401 in Kingston near Highway 15 on Sunday afternoon. It happened near the Joyceville Road exit just after 2:30 p.m. The victim was declared dead at the scene.

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Paramedics said 16 patients were taken to hospital, three of them with life-threatening injuries. One other person was treated and released at the scene.

One dead, several injured after multi-vehicle crash on Highway 401 near Kingston

The crash happened just after 2:30 p.m., forcing Ontario Provincial Police to close the highways westbound lanes from Joyceville Road to Highway 15.

Kingston was under a winter weather travel advisory at the time with up to 15 centimetres of snow expected to fall by Sunday night.

In a statement to CBC News, Kingston General Hospital said between 15 and 20 people had arrived at the hospital, “most of whom have non-life-threatening injuries.”

The Ontario Provincial Police said about 30 to 40 passenger vehicles and tractor trailers were involved in the crash that happened on the westbound lanes of Highway 401 between Highway 15 and Montreal Street at around 2:30 p.m.

Frontenac Paramedics, the local paramedic service, later said they had treated 16 people at the scene — including three people with life-threatening injuries.

The vehicles left on the highway will be towed, OPP said. Motorists are asked to call the Frontenac Detachment of the OPP on Monday for details on where their vehicles are taken.

Frontenac OPP Const. Curtis Dick told CBC News that one person had died in the pileup, which involved at least one tractor-trailer. The persons name has not been released as next-of-kin were still being notified.

Paramedics said 16 patients were taken to hospital, three of them with life-threatening injuries. One other person was treated and released at the scene.

“We dont know the exact cause of [the pileup] yet. Thats going to be a part of the investigation. We do have our traffic collision investigators — theres two [who] are going to be here for a period of time,” Dick said from the scene of the crash Sunday evening.

As of 8 p.m. ET, the highways westbound lanes were still closed. Dick said the lanes would not “realistically” reopen until Monday morning.

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Stranded motorists not involved in the collision are being taken to a warming centre at the Rideau Heights Community Centre by Kingston Transit buses, police said.

Frontenac county paramedics said multiple crews responded to the scene. They treated 16 patients who were transported to hospital, three of them in life-threatening condition. One patient was treated on scene and released.

Dick said people whose vehicles had to be towed to clear the scene should contact Frontenac OPP Monday morning to find out where theyd been taken.

OPP estimated that between 30 and 40 vehicles including some tractor trailers were involved in the pile-up.

The Kingston area is currently under a winter travel advisory, with as much as 15 centimetres of snow expected to fall along the shores of Lake Ontario by Sunday evening.

Police said that vehicles left on the highway will be towed and motorists are asked to call Frontenac detachment of the OPP on Monday for details on where the vehicle was taken. 

There were reports of heavy snow in the area at the time of the crash, said OPP spokesperson Bill Dickson.

The injured have been taken to hospital. A spokeswoman from Kingston General Hospital says 15 to 20 people involved in the crash were brought to the facility.

Kingston police were also dealing with a gas leak after an afternoon collision at Princess and Macdonnell streets, a crash that Sgt. Steve Koopman said was also likely weather-related.