Fatal collision on Highway 401 near Mallorytown claims one life

Photo by Logan Cadue/Kingstonist.

Update (Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022, at 11:45 a.m.):
In response to inquiries from Kingstonist, the OPP has now clarified that the passenger vehicle involved in the fatal collision in near Mallorytown earlier this week did not cross the median into oncoming traffic.

While both the passenger vehicle and the transport truck were travelling eastbound on Highway 401, the passenger vehicle — which had been travelling in the right-hand lane ahead of the transport — “made a left turn towards the centre median in front of the eastbound traffic… for reasons that are still under investigation,” Acting Sergeant Erin Cranton, Media Relations Coordinator for the OPP East Region explained.

Cranton further explained that the passenger vehicle had three people travelling in it: the 22-year-old passenger from Ajax, who was pronounced deceased at the scene, the other passenger, who was transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and the driver, who was uninjured in the collision.

Admitting that the collision is difficult to explain, Cranton said that the investigation remains ongoing and that anyone who may have witnessed the collision or captured it on a dashboard camera is asked to contact the Leeds County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Original article:
Earlier this week, a fatal collision on Highway 401, west of Mallorytown, claimed the life of one individual.

Members of the Leeds County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are investigating the collision, which involved a passenger vehicle and transport truck. 

Just before 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022, officers responded to a two-vehicle collision eastbound on Highway 401. According to a release from the OPP, the initial investigation indicated that both vehicles were travelling eastbound when the passenger vehicle turned left toward the centre median and in front of oncoming traffic, for reasons under investigation. The transport truck struck the passenger vehicle as a result.

A 22-year-old passenger from Ajax was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced deceased at the scene. OPP said that a second passenger was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.   

The investigation continues with assistance from the OPP Technical Collision Investigators (TCI) and Reconstructionist. 

Kingstonist is following up with the OPP to clarify what occurred and what happened to the drivers involved.

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