One dead, many injured in Kingston Highway 401 snowstorm pileup

Clay Curtis
December 4, 2019

Ontario Provincial Police are estimating 30 to 40 vehicles and big-rig trucks were involved in a pileup during a snowstorm just east of Kingston, in the westbound lanes between the Montreal St. and Highway 15 exits.

A pileup on Highway 401 westbound between Montreal Street and Highway 15 in Kingston on Sunday night, December 1, 2019 involved an estimated 30 to 40 vehicles, killing one person and injuring others.

The highway is closed westbound from Joyceville Road to Highway 15, and will remain closed until all vehicles have been removed, police said.

The collision, which involved up to 40 vehicles and big-rig trucks, also sent 15 to 20 others to hospital, a lot of them with non-life-threatening injuries. Investigators said they wouldn't be releasing their name until the family had been notified.

OPP Sgt. Cynthia Savard stated there were whiteout circumstances at the event.

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Stranded motorists not involved in the collision were taken from the scene and taken to a warming centre.

The Kingston area is now under a winter travel advisory, with as much as 15 centimetres of snow expected to fall along the shores of Lake Ontario by Sunday evening.

A Nova Scotia man has died in a multi-vehicle crash in Ontario.

Frontenac county paramedics said multiple crews responded to the scene.

Koopman said the leak would probably take several hours to fix.

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