Charges laid after tractor trailer collision shuts down eastbound Highway 401 in Kingston

An incident at an exit ramp off Ontario’s busiest highway saw the eastbound lanes of that highway closed down for multiple hours this morning.

Just after 4 a.m. on Thursday, Jun. 13, 2024, a tractor trailer travelling eastbound on Highway 401 had pulled over at the off ramp for the Joyceville Road exit, according to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). This was followed by another tractor trailer attempting to take the same exit ramp by passing the first transport. Instead, the passing truck struck the side of the stopped vehicle “shearing the side of both trailers off,” the Frontenac County Detachment of the OPP said just after 11 a.m. the same day.

According to police, the truck that stopped initially was carrying frozen meat products, while the other truck involved was carrying food products. No injuries were reported, the OPP said, noting that the debris on the highway as a result was “substantial” and both trucks were “heavily damaged.” Both vehicles required towing from the scene.

The collision resulted in the closure of the eastbound lanes of Highway 401, which remained closed as of 11:30 a.m. with a detour in place from Highway 15 to Joyceville Road.

“The OPP expect to re-open the highway around noon today with the assistance of the Ministry of Transportation,” the OPP said.

According to the OPP, the driver of the stopped vehicle, 58-year-old Randy Mallette of Rideau Lakes Township, was charged with careless operation of a motor vehicle. The other driver, who is from the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), was not charged.

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