Charge laid in Highway 401 double tractor trailer crash

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)

CORNWALL/SOUTH STORMONT – Provincial police have laid a charge in connection to last week’s double tractor trailer crash on Highway 401 near Brookdale Avenue.

The crash in the westbound lanes of the highway happened Wednesday (Sept. 12) after an enclosed transport truck smashed into the back of a flatbed tractor trailer loaded with metal coil. The enclosed truck then ended up in the median.

The resulting closure of the westbound lanes caused traffic backups for most of the late afternoon and evening on Highway 401 and major Cornwall roads like Brookdale Avenue, Cornwall Centre Road, Pitt Street and Tollgate Road.

SD&G O.P.P. Const. Tylor Copeland told Cornwall Newswatch, a 44-year-year old man driving the truck that ended up in the median has been charged with careless driving.

A name and hometown wasn’t available.

A careless driving conviction carries minimum fine of $400 to a maximum of $2,000, plus a driver’s licence suspension up to two years and jail up to six months.