Highway 401 reopened after deadly pileup in Kingston

04 Décembre, 2019, 21:16 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Frédéric Pepin  CBC

1 person has perished and many people have been wounded subsequently to a crash involving thirty to forty vehicles that closed down the westbound lanes of Highway 401 in Kingston Sunday, December 1, afternoon.

Multiple crews responding to MVC on highway 401 assessing and treating multiple patients.

Ontario Provincial Police say Matthew Robert Jamieson - a 33-year-old from Nova Scotia - died at the scene.

Southern Ontario was battered yesterday by a mix of freezing rain, ice pellets and snow that caused traffic chaos and left thousands without power.

Stranded motorists not involved in the collision have been transported to a warming centre at the Rideau Heights Community Centre in Kingston.

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Frontenac OPP Const. Curtis Dick told CBC News that one person had died in the pileup, which involved at least one tractor-trailer. "We've seen far too often vehicles spinning out because they're going too fast, because they're over-correcting or panicking".

The city of Kingston and the Red Cross are co-ordinating to find places for people, whose vehicles are stuck on the highway, to spend the next several hours, or even the entire night.

It was unknown by that point when the highway would be cleared.

A winter weather travel advisory is still active in Kingston with up to 15 cm of snow expected by tonight.

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