Chaos on Hamilton’s roads Tuesday after fatality, secondary crashes

News Nov 30, 2021 by Fallon Hewitt Hamilton Spectator

Burlington OPP say one person is dead and another left seriously injured after an incident and a handful of crashes made for a “gong show” day on Hamilton’s highways Tuesday.

Speaking to The Spectator on Tuesday afternoon, Const. Kevin Westhead said OPP was called just before 11 a.m. to the area of Highway 403 just west of Main Street West for reports that a person had jumped from an overpass and was subsequently hit by a vehicle.

They were pronounced dead at the scene, said Westhead. No further details have been provided on the incident, but the OPP’s collision reconstruction unit had attended the scene.

All westbound traffic was diverted off the Main Street East exit as the highway was closed for several hours. The stretch of roadway reopened just before 4 p.m. on Tuesday evening.

All lanes of King Street West, between Dundurn Street North and Macklin Street North, were reopened around 2:30 p.m. after being closed for the investigation.

In the wake of the initial incident, police also responded to at least three other secondary collisions.

As police were investigating the fatality, Westhead said two vehicles on the eastbound side of the highway collided near Kay Drage Park. Supt. Dave Thompson said paramedics transported one person to hospital with minor injuries

Westhead said the collision was likely caused by “rubbernecking,” a phrase used to describe when a passerby turns their head to look at the police scene.

“It was essentially due to distraction and them not paying attention,” said Westhead, noting the crash happened just opposite of the fatality.

Another collision also closed the nearby Highway 6 southbound ramp to the 403, according to police.

Westhead said a tractor trailer and a dump truck had collided on the ramp.

Thompson said a 55-year-old man was extricated by emergency services and transported to a local trauma centre in serious condition and suffering from “significant trauma injuries.”

Westhead said while police were responding to that collision, a number of cars also crashed into the gate blocking the southbound ramp.

“It was a bit of a gong show out there,” he added. “Things were going a little bonkers.”

Fallon Hewitt is a reporter at The Spectator. fhewitt@thespec.com

Chaos on Hamilton’s roads Tuesday after fatality, secondary crashes

A series of crashes snowballed from an initial death on Highway 403 near Main Street

News Nov 30, 2021 by Fallon Hewitt Hamilton Spectator

Burlington OPP say one person is dead and another left seriously injured after an incident and a handful of crashes made for a “gong show” day on Hamilton’s highways Tuesday.

Speaking to The Spectator on Tuesday afternoon, Const. Kevin Westhead said OPP was called just before 11 a.m. to the area of Highway 403 just west of Main Street West for reports that a person had jumped from an overpass and was subsequently hit by a vehicle.

They were pronounced dead at the scene, said Westhead. No further details have been provided on the incident, but the OPP’s collision reconstruction unit had attended the scene.

All westbound traffic was diverted off the Main Street East exit as the highway was closed for several hours. The stretch of roadway reopened just before 4 p.m. on Tuesday evening.

All lanes of King Street West, between Dundurn Street North and Macklin Street North, were reopened around 2:30 p.m. after being closed for the investigation.

In the wake of the initial incident, police also responded to at least three other secondary collisions.

As police were investigating the fatality, Westhead said two vehicles on the eastbound side of the highway collided near Kay Drage Park. Supt. Dave Thompson said paramedics transported one person to hospital with minor injuries

Westhead said the collision was likely caused by “rubbernecking,” a phrase used to describe when a passerby turns their head to look at the police scene.

“It was essentially due to distraction and them not paying attention,” said Westhead, noting the crash happened just opposite of the fatality.

Another collision also closed the nearby Highway 6 southbound ramp to the 403, according to police.

Westhead said a tractor trailer and a dump truck had collided on the ramp.

Thompson said a 55-year-old man was extricated by emergency services and transported to a local trauma centre in serious condition and suffering from “significant trauma injuries.”

Westhead said while police were responding to that collision, a number of cars also crashed into the gate blocking the southbound ramp.

“It was a bit of a gong show out there,” he added. “Things were going a little bonkers.”

Fallon Hewitt is a reporter at The Spectator. fhewitt@thespec.com

Chaos on Hamilton’s roads Tuesday after fatality, secondary crashes

A series of crashes snowballed from an initial death on Highway 403 near Main Street

News Nov 30, 2021 by Fallon Hewitt Hamilton Spectator

Burlington OPP say one person is dead and another left seriously injured after an incident and a handful of crashes made for a “gong show” day on Hamilton’s highways Tuesday.

Speaking to The Spectator on Tuesday afternoon, Const. Kevin Westhead said OPP was called just before 11 a.m. to the area of Highway 403 just west of Main Street West for reports that a person had jumped from an overpass and was subsequently hit by a vehicle.

They were pronounced dead at the scene, said Westhead. No further details have been provided on the incident, but the OPP’s collision reconstruction unit had attended the scene.

All westbound traffic was diverted off the Main Street East exit as the highway was closed for several hours. The stretch of roadway reopened just before 4 p.m. on Tuesday evening.

All lanes of King Street West, between Dundurn Street North and Macklin Street North, were reopened around 2:30 p.m. after being closed for the investigation.

In the wake of the initial incident, police also responded to at least three other secondary collisions.

As police were investigating the fatality, Westhead said two vehicles on the eastbound side of the highway collided near Kay Drage Park. Supt. Dave Thompson said paramedics transported one person to hospital with minor injuries

Westhead said the collision was likely caused by “rubbernecking,” a phrase used to describe when a passerby turns their head to look at the police scene.

“It was essentially due to distraction and them not paying attention,” said Westhead, noting the crash happened just opposite of the fatality.

Another collision also closed the nearby Highway 6 southbound ramp to the 403, according to police.

Westhead said a tractor trailer and a dump truck had collided on the ramp.

Thompson said a 55-year-old man was extricated by emergency services and transported to a local trauma centre in serious condition and suffering from “significant trauma injuries.”

Westhead said while police were responding to that collision, a number of cars also crashed into the gate blocking the southbound ramp.

“It was a bit of a gong show out there,” he added. “Things were going a little bonkers.”

Fallon Hewitt is a reporter at The Spectator. fhewitt@thespec.com