TORONTO – A 32-year-old driver is in critical condition after a serious collision between a vehicle and a stopped dump truck in a construction zone on Highway 401 in Toronto.
No construction workers were injured in the incident, the Ontario Provincial Police Highway Safety Division reported on its Twitter account. Police were called to the scene, the westbound collector lanes near Dufferin Street, at 12:45 a.m. on June 1. Alcohol may have been a factor the post stated.
“It all started a few minutes earlier when workers that were in that area observed a vehicle cross into the construction zone through the pylons and continue through the construction zone approaching workers,” said OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt of the Highway Safety Division. “One of the workers tried to flag down that driver who collided with a parked pick up truck. As the construction worker spoke to the driver, he was under the impression that the driver may be impaired by alcohol and began to call 911.”
The driver of the vehicle continued to drive through the construction zone striking the pickup truck a second time.
“A very short time later the vehicle struck a parked dump truck that was stopped on the left shoulder in that construction zone where the 32-year-old driver in the vehicle sustained serious life-threatening injuries,” Schmidt said, adding the driver was transported to hospital.
Two lanes of the highway were closed off for the construction and three were open to traffic, said Schmidt.
“Just another reminder any time you see construction zones pay close attention if there are lane closures or restrictions and if anyone sees what they think is a dangerous or impaired driver please call 911 immediately,” he said.
The investigation is ongoing by members of the OPP Collision Reconstruction Team. The Ministry of Labour has also been notified.