Ma­jor col­li­sion closes stretch of High­way 6

Wit­ness said driver was weav­ing through traf­fic be­fore crash

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - MATTHEW VAN DONGEN mvan­don­gen@thes­pec.com 905-526-3241 | @Mat­tatthes­pec

A high-speed crash de­stroyed four ve­hi­cles — in­clud­ing one that was nearly cut in half — on a deadly sec­tion of High­way 6 near Mount Hope on Sun­day.

On­tario Provin­cial Po­lice re­sponded to the five-car col­li­sion that was block­ing all lanes of High­way 6 South at Chippewa Road.

The high­way has since re­opened, ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Trans­porta­tion.

Two peo­ple were taken to hos­pi­tal in se­ri­ous but sta­ble con­di­tion.

The crash left one ve­hi­cle up­side­down on top of an­other car and the cab of a small truck mostly sep­a­rated from its bed.

Fire­fight­ers were called to res­cue at least one per­son trapped in a ve­hi­cle and paramedics said they trans­ported four pa­tients to hos­pi­tal, in­clud­ing two in se­ri­ous but sta­ble con­di­tion.

Danny Menecola said he was driv­ing south on High­way 6 when he no­ticed a car weav­ing in and out of traf­fic.

“He was driv­ing fast, weav­ing in and out, and then the next thing I know he hit the side of my truck,” said Menecola, who man­aged to keep con­trol of his ve­hi­cle and later pull off on the side of the road.

Menecola said he thought the car that side-swiped him later hit a stopped ve­hi­cle that was wait­ing to turn left.

“The next time I looked back, all hell had bro­ken loose. I’m just glad we didn’t end up in the mid­dle (of the pileup).”

Sev­eral ma­jor col­li­sions have oc­curred since 2013 on that stretch of high­way, in­clud­ing two fa­tal crashes near the same in­ter­sec­tion.

Two Cale­do­nia men died in a head-on col­li­sion at night near the in­ter­sec­tion in Jan­uary of 2015.

A man and a woman from Hamil­ton died near the same in­ter­sec­tion af­ter their car veered into on­com­ing traf­fic in 2013. Three other peo­ple were also in­jured.

JOHN RENNISON, THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

The site of a multi-ve­hi­cle crash on High­way 6 at Chippewa Road West on Sun­day. Two peo­ple were taken to hos­pi­tal.

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