Was MTO Negligent in Responding to Black Ice in 401 FATAL CRASH ? UPDATED #OPP #MTO

Was MTO Negligent in Responding to Black Ice in  401 FATAL CRASH ? UPDATED  #OPP #MTO

OPPFATAL COLLISION CLOSES HIGHWAY 401

(South Stormont) – Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry (SD&G) Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers are presently (February 3, 2015) at the scene of a two (2) vehicle collision which occurred at approximately 6:00am on Highway 401, South Stormont Township. A tractor-trailer unit and a passenger vehicle collided resulting in two (2) adult male occupants in the passenger vehicle receiving fatal injuries. The adult male driver of the tractor-trailer was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

A section of Highway 401 eastbound lanes are closed to traffic between McConnell Avenue and Boundary Road. An Emergency Detour Route (EDR) is in place.

SD&G OPP officers are also tending to several other collisions on Highway 401 due to adverse road conditions. Please drive cautiously!

This was the report from the OPP this morning, but earlier CFN has received calls stating that reports to the OPP about black ice resulted in dispatchers complaining that the MTO would not change their schedules and respond to the conditions.

The OPP & MTO have not responded to our official queries as of press time.

Several other vehicles were reported ditched along the 401 this morning.

UPDATED 1:05 PM

Sgt Kristine Rae of the OPP referred any comment to the MTO who responded with the following statement.

We can confirm that our contractor’s equipment has been deployed in this area since approximately 3:45 a.m. on February 2, 2015 and operations have been ongoing. We are currently reviewing our contractor’s reports to ensure that they have met contract requirements and were spreading the appropriate materials on the highway during last night’s cold temperatures of -22C.

 

However, despite our contractor’s work and depending on weather conditions motorists may experience snow accumulation and/or slippery sections on the highway. All of our portable variable message signs on Highway 401 from Kingston to the Quebec Border were advising motorists of possible slippery sections with the following messaging: “SLIPPERY ROADS POSSIBLE/ SLOW DOWN DRIVE WITH CAUTION”.

We encourage drivers to prepare for winter conditions by checking weather forecasts and checking road conditions at  www.ontario.ca/511 or alternatively dial 511.

Driving in winter in Ontario can be challenging. All drivers should be in the know, be prepared and be safe.  When you’re on the road, adjust your driving to weather and road conditions. It takes longer to stop on a slippery road, so keep a safe distance between you and other vehicles. Be aware of snow plows and give them the room they need to clear the road.

Brandy Duhaime

Regional Communications Coordinator

The OPP just issued an update as well including the names of those that lost their life this morning in the collision outside of Cornwall.

FATAL COLLISION – HIGHWAY RE-OPENED – VICTIMS IDENTIFIED (update)

(South Stormont) – Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry (SD&G) Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers continue their investigation of a two (2) vehicle collision which occurred at approximately 6:00am on Highway 401, eastbound lanes, South Stormont Township.

A tractor-trailer unit, driven by a 47-year-old male from Brampton, Ontario was eastbound on Highway 401 when it collided with a passenger vehicle, driven by Robert SPRINGER (54) of Cornwall, Ontario. He and passenger Daniel FIGURA (22) of Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec sustained fatal injuries. The driver of the tractor-trailer was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

A section of Highway 401 eastbound lanes were initially closed to traffic between McConnell Avenue and Boundary Road and it is estimated they will be re-opened at approximately 12:30pm.

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