One person is confirmed dead and several others injured following a major vehicle pile-up in the westbound lanes of Highway 401 in the Kingston area on the afternoon of Sunday, December 1, 2019.
OPP, Frontenac Paramedics, Kingston Police and Kingston Fire & Rescue responded to the area of the 401 between Highway 15 and Montreal St following reports of a serious collision involving 30 to 40 vehicles shortly after 2:30 p.m.
Frontenac Paramedics said that 10 of their crews responded to the scene and treated 16 patients, including 3 with life-threatening injuries. OPP has now confirmed that one of the victims perished from their injuries. As a result of the collision, Matthew Robert Jamieson, a 33 year old from Nova Scotia, died at the scene.
Kingston General Hospital was placed under a Code Orange, which is a protocol intended to prepare the hospital to deal with mass casualties due to an incident external to the hospital.
Kingston Transit also responded with several buses to assist in sheltering at least 100 affected travellers in the white-out conditions. Those travellers were transported to the Rideau Heights Community Centre and assisted by the Red Cross in finding temporary accommodations.
The westbound lanes of the 401 remain closed throughout Sunday evening and into Monday morning. They were reopened at around 5 a.m.