This is really getting to be a thing.
Just a day after a group of mayors from many eastern Ontario towns gathered to call for ‘a widening’ of the 401 to make it ‘less dangerous;’ and just days following warnings from the OPP and the Ministry of Transportation regarding trucks and inattentive driving, this happens.
Last night (Tuesday, October 31st) the 400 was closed, both directions between 88 & 89 just North of Bradford.
A 14 vehicle pile up, which reportedly resulted from an inattentive tractor trailer truck driver has resulted in a twisted, mangled, charred mess which has claimed 4 lives so far (including a child).
The accident scene was described as a ‘fiery armageddon’ and the highway will have to be rebuilt in that section and there is said to be a good deal of contamination at the scene.
So far in 2017, 67 people have died in 56 collisions involving transport trucks in Ontario and the OPP is cracking down.
They’ve been laying charges for distracted driving, careless driving, unsafe driving, and dangerous operation of a vehicle.
These big rigs can’t stop on a dime, and the 401 (and other highways like it) can be a ticking time bomb; fog, ice, blizzards, cell phones, exhaustion, construction zones — all while rolling down the highway with 60 thousand kilos!
Now, obviously often many of these drivers, are exceptional drivers.
Truckers can be the deacons of the roadways but when polled recently in the SUN……
Over 70% of respondents said they were ‘afraid’ of trucks on the road.
The good news is; the Trucking Industry WANTS to see improvements, and they’re working with the OPP to make it happen.
We need to make our roads safer.
The 400 will not re-open until tomorrow morning at the earliest.