Double tractor trailer crash on Highway 401

Debris is scattered across the westbound lanes of Highway 401 on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 after a collision between two tractor trailers near the Brookdale Avenue interchange. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

Update 9 p.m. Wednesday: One lane of Highway 401 westbound reopened to traffic.

CORNWALL/SOUTH STORMONT — The westbound lanes of Highway 401 are closed this afternoon after a collision between two tractor trailers.

The crash in the westbound lanes happened around 3:45 p.m. just west of the Brookdale Avenue exit.

One of the trucks, with extensive front end damage, ended up in the grass median.

Injuries in the crash are said to be serious.

SD&G O.P.P., South Stormont and Cornwall firefighters and Cornwall-SDG Paramedic Services are all on scene.

One ambulance already rushed from the scene, presumably with one of the drivers.

Both trucks were carrying non hazardous materials. Later in the afternoon, the cab of one of the trucks, carrying metal coil, was allowed to drop his trailer and drive away from the scene.

Eastbound traffic is getting through the area, which was already down to one lane for construction.

The trailer of one tractor trailer with a load of metal coil is left at the scene of a two tractor trailer crash in the westbound lanes of Highway 401 west of the Brookdale Avenue interchange on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. Other trucks in the background are turned around by police leading to congestion in the eastbound lanes which were already down to one lane for bridge construction. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

The westbound lanes of Highway 401 are closed at Boundary Road. The closure is creating massive backups on arterial roads, such as Brookdale Avenue, Cornwall Centre Road, Pitt Street and Tollgate Road.

 

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