Trucker drives wrong way on Hwy. 401

Po­lice hunt driver caught on cam­era head­ing east in west­bound lanes

Ottawa Citizen - - CITY - NOR­MAN PROVENCHER nprovencher@post­media.com

Provin­cial po­lice are on the hunt for a trans­port trucker who trav­elled the wrong way along High­way 401, ap­par­ently for kilo­me­tres.

Po­lice re­ceived sev­eral calls shortly be­fore 6 a.m. last Fri­day re­port­ing the trans­port ve­hi­cle driv­ing east in the west­bound lanes, east of Mal­lo­ry­town.

The truck, de­scribed as grey and pulling a blue sea con­tainer-style trailer, was trav­el­ling the wrong way at high­way speeds with its haz­ard lights on.

A dash­cam video posted on Face­book shows the truck flash­ing its high beam lights.

There were no re­ported in­juries or other col­li­sions in the in­ci­dent, po­lice said.

“This could have been much worse,” said OPP Const. San­dra Barr.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve the ve­hi­cle crossed the high­way me­dian be­tween the east- and west­bound ser­vice cen­tres near Mal­lo­ry­town, caus­ing dam­age to the truck.

A sil­ver plas­tic bumper was from a Volvo truck was found.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tacts the Leeds OPP de­tach­ment at 613-345-1790 or 1-888-310-1122.

It was the lat­est in­ci­dent to il­lus­trate grow­ing con­cern about dan­ger­ous truck traf­fic along the High­way 401 cor­ri­dor be­tween the Que­bec bor­der and the Kingston area.

Last week, two peo­ple were killed and a 60-year-old Que­bec trucker was charged in one of two mas­sive pile­ups near Prescott.

Prescott Mayor Brett Todd, who with other may­ors has fought for stiffer reg­u­la­tions by the prov­ince on truck­ing on the 401, called con­di­tions in the area “blood sport.”

Fol­low­ing a haz­ardous-ma­te­ri­als spill on the 401 near Lans­downe last spring that sent dozens to hos­pi­tal, Todd and other lo­cal may­ors called on the prov­ince for new rules for trans­port trucks on ma­jor high­ways. In par­tic­u­lar, the may­ors were con­cerned about the haul­ing of toxic goods dur­ing win­ter storms.

The next meet­ing of the Safe Cor­ri­dor Work­ing Group, which in­cludes provin­cial and mu­nic­i­pal rep­re­sen­ta­tives, is sched­uled for Dec. 15 in Cobourg.

Todd said the may­ors must get the min­istry to fo­cus on their ini­tial con­cerns about the haul­ing of haz­ardous goods.

Trans­porta­tion Min­is­ter Steven Del Duca is­sued a state­ment say­ing dis­cus­sions about safety mea­sures for the high­way are on­go­ing. Widen­ing High­way 401 is not in the works right now, he said, but could be con­sid­ered in the fu­ture.

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