Trucker drives wrong way on Hwy. 401
Police hunt driver caught on camera heading east in westbound lanes
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.