Highway 401 eastbound closed following serious collision

At approximately 6:20 p.m. on Sunday May 1, 2022, multiple emergency services including the OPP, Kingston Police, Kingston Fire and Rescue, and paramedics responded to the scene of two incidents on both sides of Highway 401 between Sydenham Road and Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard.

Scene of accident on the eastbound lanes of the 401. Photo by Logan Cadue.

Emergency services responded to the eastbound lanes of the 401 for reports of a pickup truck towing an RV trailer that had crashed into the median. According to eyewitnesses, the vehicle rolled over several times before coming to rest on its side. The RV trailer was also carrying a propane tank, which reportedly flew off and struck another vehicle. The eastbound lanes of the highway were closed until about 9:15 p.m. while crews dealt with the heavy cleanup.

On the westbound lanes of the 401, emergency crews responded to a pickup truck fully engulfed in fire on the highway, which was in close proximity – about 300 metres – to the collision in the eastbound lanes. The westbound lanes of the 401 were reopened as of 8:00 p.m.

At this time, the cause of both accidents is currently unknown. There were no reported injuries stemming from either incident.

Pat Rogers towing on scene cleaning up the mess on Highway 401 eastbound. Photo by Logan Cadue

As a result of the closure and traffic diversion, Bur Brook Road, Sydenham Road, and Princess Street also experienced heavy traffic and delays for several hours. It is not known if any charges are pending from either of the incidents.

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