Fatal collision closes eastbound Highway 401 in Kingston

The OPP, Kingston Fire & Rescue, and Frontenac Paramedics on scene following a collision on the eastbound lanes of Highway 401 just before 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2024. Photo by Cris Vilela/Kingstonist.

Editor’s note: This article is being updated as more information becomes available. Please see bottom of article for most recently updated information.


A head-on collision involving what appears to have been a vehicle travelling in the wrong direction on Highway 401 has closed a section of Ontario’s busiest highway in Kingston.

At approximately 12:40 p.m. on Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2024, the collision occurred in the eastbound lanes Highway 401 near the Highway 38/Gardiners Road exits and entrances to the highway. A vehicle that appeared to have been driving westbound in those lanes collided with a vehicle travelling eastbound, resulting in an immediate back up of traffic as other vehicles stopped around the collision. As of time of publication, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) had not confirmed that one of the vehicles involved in the collision was travelling the wrong way.

The OPP did, however, confirm that the eastbound lanes of Highway 401 were closed at County Road 6 in a social media post at 1 p.m. Kingston Fire & Rescue and Frontenac Paramedics were already on scene at the collision at that time. It appears at least two people are being treated for serious injuries, however, that information has yet to be confirmed by police.

This is a developing story and this article will be updated as more information becomes available.

Update (Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2024, at 1:45 p.m.)
The Frontenac County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has now confirmed that a wrong-way driver was involved in the collision in the eastbound lanes of Highway 401 that occurred around 12:40 p.m. today.

According to Constable Robert Martell, Media Relations Officer for the Frontenac OPP, the eastbound lanes of the highway remain closed as the result of a collision due to a wrong way driver. At approximately 1:40 p.m., Martell relayed that two parties have been transported to hospital “seriously injured.” At least one other party has been taken to hospital, as well, however, the condition of that person is not known at this time.

This remains a developing story and this article will be updated as more information becomes available.


Update (Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2024, at 3 p.m.):
The Frontenac County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have released further details on the serious collision involving a wrong way driver that shut down the eastbound lanes of Highway 401 earlier today.

Constable Robert Martell, Media Relations Officer with the Frontenac OPP, said that, as of 2:45 p.m., police are not aware of any fatalities having occurred since Frontenac Paramedics transported the involved and injured parties to hospital following the noon hour collision. Underscoring that two parties — the drivers of each of the involved vehicles — sustained serious injuries as a result of the crash, Martell said that one of the drivers was in critical condition, requiring emergency surgery. He did not say whether that driver was the driver of the vehicle travelling in the wrong direction or not.

Police further explained that there was was passenger involved, an infant, who thankfully sustained no injuries.

According to the Frontenac OPP, the eastbound lanes of Highway 401 between County Road 6 and Gardiners Road/Highway 38 will remain closed for six to eight hours as the on-scene portion of the investigation is carried out, meaning the earliest time the lanes will reopen would be around 8:40 p.m.

Just after 3 p.m., the OPP East Region posted some further details on social media, including the fact that one of the vehicles involved in the collision was a transport truck.

“A vehicle was travelling west in the eastbound lanes, west of Gardiners Rd when it collided with a transport*,” the OPP stated, noting that both drivers sustained “life-threatening” injuries.

Additionally, the police are now asking that “Witnesses or anyone with dashcam video” to contact Frontenac OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

*this information has now been updated to correct the involved vehicle. No transports were involved in the collision.


Update (Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2024, at 4:55 p.m.)
At approximately 4:45 p.m., the Frontenac OPP provided an update on the ongoing investigation on Highway 401 eastbound in Kingston, which remains closed between County Road 6 and Gardiners Road/Highway 38.

According to the OPP, police estimate the reopening of the eastbound lanes will occur around 8:45 p.m. tonight. At the time of this update, no fatalities have been reported in relation to this collision, which occurred when a wrong way driver headed westbound in the eastbound lanes of Highway 401 collided with another vehicle, resulting in life-threatening injuries for both drivers involved. The only passenger involved — an infant — was reportedly uninjured.

Despite previously indicating that a transport truck was involved in the collision, the OPP have since confirmed that this was not the case.


Update (Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2024, at 9:45 p.m.)

OPP have now confirmed that one of the drivers involved in the collision, a 41-year-old female from Kingston, Ontario, has died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

OPP would not confirm which of the involved vehicles she was driving, nor whether there were any other occupants on board her vehicle.

The second driver remains in hospital with serious injuries.

The investigation will continue with the assistance of the Chief Coroner of Ontario. No charges have been laid to date. 


Update (Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2024, at 10:05 a.m.)

This morning, Frontenac OPP provided the following update on the collision that closed Highway 401 eastbound lanes west of Kingston yesterday.

In a media release, the OPP reiterated that on Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2024, just after 12:35 p.m., the two-vehicle collision occurred in the aforementioned area.

“Several lanes were blocked, and the drivers from each vehicle needed to be extricated from the wreckage. Both drivers were transported to hospital with serious injuries,” OPP stated.

 “A 41-year-old female, from Kingston, was the driver of the vehicle traveling in the opposite direction, which resulted in being fatally injured in this collision.”

At the scene, Frontenac OPP was assisted by Lennox & Addington OPP, Kingston Fire Rescue, Frontenac Paramedics, Kingston Police Force and the Ministry of Transportation.

The OPP Reconstructionist and OPP Technical Collision Investigators attended, resulting in the highway being closed for eight hours, the OPP detailed.

“The investigation will continue with the assistance of the Coroners Office of Ontario. No charges have been laid to date,” police said.

 “Anyone who witnessed this incident, or has video or information to provide is asked to call the OPP Communications Centre 1-888-310-1122 for Frontenac OPP.”

Kingstonist will continue to provide updated coverage of this matter as more information becomes available.

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