WHITBY, ONT. — A 24-year-old man from Brampton, Ont. is facing multiple charges after an overhead sign was struck and collapsed causing traffic chaos on Highway 401 near Whitby this morning (Jan. 6).
The incident occurred during the morning commute on Highway 401 westbound at Brock Street and blocked all lanes in that direction forcing traffic to exit off Thickson Road.
While all lanes were reopened to traffic by the afternoon, heavy equipment was brought in to safety remove the sign, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Sgt. Kerry Schmidt reported in a video on Twitter.
Meanwhile, a search ensued for the suspected dump-style truck and trailer involved in the collision.
According to police, the truck was driving westbound with its box up when it hit the sign.
“It was like a scrap hauler vehicle, transport truck, full length trailer,” Schmidt explained earlier in the day. “The driver then stopped just up the road about 100 yards, got out of his vehicle, dropped the box and then was last seen exiting at Brock Street in Whitby.”
The OPP was able to identify the vehicle and had a description of the driver.
“We have a witness that has identified the truck,” said Schmidt. “We know who you are. We are coming for you right now. We are on our way. It would be probably better if you called the OPP right now and advised exactly where you are and where we can best meet up.”
The accused was later located and has been charged with failing to remain at the scene of an accident, careless driving and having an over height vehicle.