Driver pulled from tractor-trailer crash on 401

This tractor-trailer crashed in the ditch on Highway 401 on Feb. 2, 2015 shortly after a winter storm passed through the region. Roads were slick at the time. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – A tractor-trailer driver had to be pulled from a rig after a single vehicle crash on Highway 401 tonight (Monday).

Cornwall firefighters, SD&G O.P.P. and Cornwall EMS were called to the scene around 9 p.m.

The black International truck with a box trailer slid into the median and flipped on its side about one kilometer west of the Boundary Road interchange.

Firefighters had to use ladders and climb on the side of the rig in order to pull the driver from the vehicle.

Cornwall EMS Manager Myles Cassidy says the driver was assessed at the scene but refused treatment or transportation to a medical facility.

Firefighters and an O.P.P. officer survey the damage after freeing the driver of this big rig following a single-vehicle crash on Highway 401 Feb. 2, 2015 just west of Boundary Road. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)
Firefighters and an O.P.P. officer survey the damage after freeing the driver of this big rig following a single-vehicle crash on Highway 401 Feb. 2, 2015 just west of Boundary Road. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)

The rig was registered in Quebec and had Quebec licence plates.

Despite sanding and salting operations on Highway 401, as temperatures dropped, portions of the highway became slick between McConnell Avenue and Boundary Road.

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