Highway to Remain Closed For Most of the Day, One Tractor-Trailer Driver has died of his Injuries!
Lansdowne – Ontario Provincial Police are continuing to investigate the multi vehicle collisions that happened on Highway 401 between Mallorytown and Lansdowne.
Both the eastbound lanes and westbound lanes from County Road 5 at Mallorytown and Reynolds Road at Lansdowne remain closed as the area is cleaned up.
OPP say at about 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday afternoon police responded to a multi vehicle collision on Highway 401 westbound, in Leeds and the Thousands Township.
Investigation revealed there were two separate collisions. The primary collision occurred just east of Highway 137 and involved five tractor trailers and one car.
The driver of one of the tractor trailers has since succumbed to his injuries. The secondary collision was also westbound, about one kilometer west of the first and involved seven tractor trailers and three vehicles.
There were multiple chain reactions after the fact behind those two collisions. In the same vicinity on eastbound Highway 401 three other tractor trailers were reported to have collisions.
One of the involved transports was leaking a toxic substance, as a precaution the immediate area on the highway was evacuated. Seven fireman, three police officers and 17 civilians were treated as precautionary to exposure to the substance.
Both east and westbound 401 will remian closed to allow for the investigation. Detours have been set up.
Kingston General Hospital declared a Code Orange (Mass Casualty Event) due to the large influx of patients from the collision scene being brought in for treatment. The code orange has now be lifted.
The Township of Leeds and the 1000 Islands had set up a decontamination centre at Fire Station #1 in Lansdowne. In a press release the township says a 50 metre safety perimeter has been established around the scene of yesterday’s multi-vehicle accident and chemical spill on Highway 401 between Landsdowne and Mallorytown while clean-up operations are underway.
As such, both directions of Highway 401 will remain closed until the scene has been remediated to safe levels. “Trained experts are on on-scene and our Emergency Control Group remains in effect until such time as the situation is resolved” noted Mayor Joe Baptista.
Highway 401 is anticipated to be closed to traffic in both directions well into Wednesday. Response crews at the scene of yesterday’s chemical spill have been hampered by the winter storm which continued overnight. Daylight will offer opportunity for a full reassessment and continued action.
“The Emergency Response Action Plan has been reviewed by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change as well as Hazmat officials and its implementation will be monitored through the day based on current situational analysis” noted Mayor Joe Baptista.
“Once again we reinforce that there is no immediate danger to the public and that the site is contained.”
Residents and travellers are encouraged to avoid the area and allow addition travel time to suite weather conditions and detour routes.
The investigation continues.