Elizabethtown-Kitley – Members of the Leeds County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are investigating a fatal motor vehicle collision involving two tractor trailers.
On January 23, 2020 just before 6:30 p.m. OPP officers responded to reports of a disabled transport truck partially blocking a live lane eastbound on Highway 401 in Elizabethtown Township. As an officer approached the location, a collision was observed where the stationary transport truck was struck by an approaching transport.
Investigation revealed that the driver of the initial truck was out of the vehicle at the time and was struck by the approaching transport.
Officers provided life saving measures until EMS arrived, however Bernard PERREAULT, 55 years old of Frampton, Quebec was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Miladinko MAJSTOROVIC, 63 years old of Toronto, Ontario was charged with careless driving causing death and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brockville at a later date to answer to the charge.
“It is the responsibility of every driver to direct their entire attention to the road and surrounding areas,” said Acting Staff Sergeant Brian Jones, Leeds County OPP. “One moment of being inattentive can put you at risk of becoming involved in a collision.”
Numerous support services attended including Elizabethtown-Kitley Fire, Ministry of Transportation and Campbell’s Towing. Leeds County OPP continue to investigate the collision with the assistance of the OPP Traffic Collision Investigators (TCI) and a Collision Reconstructionist.
Both eastbound lanes of Highway 401 were closed to traffic last evening and overnight with detours down Highway 2 and King Street through Brockville. Both lanes opened earlier this morning to traffic.