Welland driver dies in wrong-way crash into transport truck on Hwy. 406 – StCatharinesStandard.ca

Welland driver dies in wrong-way crash into transport truck on Hwy. 406 - StCatharinesStandard.ca
OPP investigating fatal wrong-way crash on Highway 406 near St. Catharines
A 54-year-old man from Welland is dead after he drove the wrong way on Highway 406 in the early morning hours Wednesday.

The mans Jeep Cherokee collided head-on with a transport truck at about 1 a.m. The driver of the Cherokee was pronounced dead on the scene.

54 year old man from Welland On is dead after going the wrong way on #Hwy406 at Beaverdams Rd #StCatharines Driver of truck to hosp. with minor injuries. Speed, alcohol and drugs being looked at as possible contrubuting factors Reopening by 8:30am Witness call OPP 905-356-1311 pic.twitter.com/vWBKC9xIYF

Niagara Emergency Medical Services transported the driver of the tractor-trailer to hospital with minor injuries.

We have notified the family of the deceased and we are looking at the connection as to whether or not there was any relationship between the call from hospital to the collision that occurred a short time later, Schmidt said.

That portion of the highway was closed until about 8:30 a.m. for investigation, said Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Kerry Schmidt.

There were reports police were on the lookout for the vehicle at the time of the crash and that the driver had been at the hospital earlier in the evening and left. It was reported that he might be impaired and that he was very agitated. A witness at the crash scene told The St. Catharines Standard he thought he saw a hospital ID bracelet on the drivers arm.

The circumstances surrounding the crash are still under investigation and Schmidt said police are looking into all possible contributing factors, including speed, alcohol, and drugs.

\”We are looking into that,\” Schmidt said. \”There was an incident at the hospital and a collision, later on, that matched the description. We are working to confirm all of that.\”

OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmid said a vehicle heading in the wrong direction collided head-on with a transport truck in the area.

Niagara Regional Police Const. Phil Gavin said the NRP received a call at about 12:40 a.m. from the area of King Streeet and Third Street in Welland for a report of a possible impaired driver. Officers arrived in the area quickly, but were unable to locate the vehicle after searching for it.

\”The expectation of seeing the vehicle isnt there,\” Schmidt said. \”Depending on conditions, if youre on a collision course, you would have very little time to react, if any time at all. There is nothing the truck driver could have done. Hes driving along, and by the time he realizes whats happening, its probably too late. The vehicles are closing at 200 km/h, so it is going to be a massive crash.\”

The collision was significant, Schmidt said. (It was a) very horrific investigation here for officers.

On Oct. 2, the parents of a Brock University student were killed by a wrong-way driver at about 1:15 a.m. on the highway near Glendale Avenue.

A 54-year-old Welland man is dead following a wrong-way collision on Highway 406 near St. Catharines overnight.

Kulvir Singh Sidhu, 53, and Kulwinder Kaur Sidhu, 51, were driving home to Brampton after dropping off their daughter, Simran, 19, at Brock. The Sidhus vehicle car caught fire. Both parents died from their injuries.

The other driver, a 24-year-old Welland man, headed in the wrong direction was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

On Aug. 13, there was another wrong-way collision on Highway 406. A 23-year-old St. Catharines woman was charged with impaired driving, having an 80-plus blood alcohol level, as well as dangerous operation of a motor vehicle after a head-on crash in a construction zone left two people with injuries. The drivers of both vehicles were taken to local hospitals with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Construction has reduced the highway to one lane in either direction as the highway crosses the Lake Gibson bridge.

A 54-year-old Welland man is dead following a wrong-way collision on Highway 406 near St. Catharines overnight.

OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmid said a vehicle heading in the wrong direction collided head-on with a transport truck in the area.

The driver of the passenger vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene and the truck driver sustained minor injuries.

The circumstances surrounding the crash are still under investigation and Schmidt said police are looking into all possible contributing factors, including speed, alcohol, and drugs.

The collision was significant, Schmidt said. (It was a) very horrific investigation here for officers.

Schmidt said shortly before the collision occurred, Niagara Regional Police received call about a person who had left a local hospital in a vehicle matching the description of the one involved in the crash.

We have notified the family of the deceased and we are looking at the connection as to whether or not there was any relationship between the call from hospital to the collision that occurred a short time later, Schmidt said.