Police say near-miss with cruiser led to closure of Highway 401

Highway 401 between County Road 4 and Gardiners Road was closed for a short period on the evening of Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024. Photo by Cody Stafford-Arenburg/Kingstonist.

During the particularly cold and slippery evening of Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024, Highway 401 was closed to traffic in both directions just west of Kingston when, due to icy conditions, a transport truck narrowly missed striking a police cruiser, which was parked on the shoulder dealing with a vehicle in the ditch.

Around 10 p.m. that day, officers of the Lennox and Addington (L&A) County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received multiple calls of vehicles in the ditch along Highway 401 in Loyalist Township.

“There was a police cruiser parked on the shoulder dealing with a vehicle in the ditch when the transport truck was approaching,” Constable David Yome said in response to Kingstonist inquiries. “The transport truck tried to slow down and ended up sliding into the ditch, narrowly avoiding the police vehicle.”

Highway 401 was shut down in both directions from County Road 4 to Gardiners Road due to icy conditions. According to the OPP, the eastbound lanes were reopened at 10:30 p.m. while the westbound lanes remained closed for the transport truck removal. Police reported that at 12 a.m. the westbound lanes of the highway were reopened.

Police said one person was issued a provincial fine for ignoring the closed gates and driving on the closed portion of the highway.

One thought on “Police say near-miss with cruiser led to closure of Highway 401

  • I think that if snow removal crews had better strategies, the 401 would be a much safer in the winter. Maybe they need a larger budget. My parents live in northern New Brunswick. Which gets way more snow than kingston does. My parents area gets less funding from taxes for snow removal yet the roads are clear all the time. What came down yesterday was just a regular snowfall where i’m from. I really dont get it.

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