Charges laid after tractor trailer falls on CN tracks

Debris remains alongside the CN rail tracks after a tractor-trailer left Highway 401 and crashed onto the tracks below on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. Photo by Cris Vilela/Kingstonist.

Late in the evening of Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, Highway 401 was briefly closed in both directions through the Kingston area after a tractor-trailer went off the roadway, down a bridge embankment and burst into flames on the train tracks below. The Frontenac Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is investigating the incident.

At approximately 11:40 p.m. that evening, officers from the Frontenac Detachment of the OPP, assisted by Kingston Fire and Rescue and Frontenac Paramedics, responded to a collision involving a commercial motor vehicle on Highway 401 eastbound between the Montreal Street and Highway 15 exits. According to a release from the OPP, the vehicle left the highway after going through a steel guard rail and went down an embankment coming to rest near the CN train tracks below. The truck was engulfed in flames shortly thereafter, but the driver was able to escape with non-life threatening injuries, according to police.

CN Rail closed both southbound and northbound tracks for several hours as a result of the incident as they conducted repairs, and a 30mph restriction was placed on track travel for several more hours after the tracks reopened. That restriction has since been lifted.

The driver, a 44-year-old from Toronto was assisted by Kingston Fire and Rescue and was transported to hospital by Frontenac Paramedics. OPP said that the driver has since been charged with careless driving and is to appear in court in Kingston this November.

The tractor-trailer was completely destroyed, and the remnants have yet to be removed. OPP said that efforts are currently ongoing to make those arrangements.

The OPP said they will provide updates, should there be any impacts to traffic or lane closures on Highway 401 in the area. 

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