Car Crashes on Highway #401 - Eastern Ontario
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Car Crashes and Collisions
on Highway #401 & #416
in Eastern Ontario


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Over the past few years it seems that there has not only an increase in traffic along
Highway #401 and #416 but also a larger number of fatal crashes and collisions.

Police officers across Eastern Ontario laid nearly 2,400 charges on the roads over 2022 Labour Day weekend.

On July 12, 2018, Ontario Provincial Police reported that fatal tractor-trailer collisions on
the roads they patrol – Highway 401 being one of them – have gone up 38 per cent over 2017

Lyle & I just drove from Highway 15 turnoff at 401 Kingston to Brockville.
We counted 603 transports
- ( from Facebook)

Speed limits are 100 km/hour but trucks are governed at 110 km'hour
and cars usually cruise at 120+ km/hour

Highway #401 has turned into the most travelled road in North America and the world !


Distractive Driving Using a Cell Phone
is one of the biggest causes of accidents

Click Here to Check Recent Serious Accidents on the #401

So here are some tips for driving the #401 & 416 Highways

About Using Cell Phones

Button  Make a habit of thinking about what calls or texts you need to send before you begin your trip. Before you start the car, take a moment to think about what information you might need during the trip. For instance, program your GPS at the outset, rather than fiddling with it during the drive. Make that call to ask your mom a question before you’re on the road. Text your friend that vital piece of gossip, then put away the phone.

Button The idea of a designated driver has caught on for drunk driving, and choosing a substitute can be just as useful for distracted driving. Select a friend to be your designated texter while you’re behind the wheel.

Button Stow your phone somewhere you can’t peek at it. Try putting it in the glove compartment (lock it if you must) or inside a purse in the back seat.

Button Silence notifications that tempt you to check your phone.

Button Investigate apps that will help boost your willpower. There are several types of apps on the market, some of them free, that allow you to block incoming messages or send automatic responses to let your friends know you’re driving.

Button Practice patience. Consider whether it’s worth risking your safety—and that of others in your car and on the road—to read a text while driving. Then wait until you’ve reached your destination.

Button If you absolutely cannot wait, pull over when you can do so safely. Swerving to the side of a busy highway is never a good option, of course. If you are driving on a road with safe places to pull over, use them to stop and text.

More Causes of Accidents

1. Distracted Drivers

According to Mark Edwards, Director of Traffic Safety at the American Automobile Association, somewhere between 25-50 percent of all motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. are directly related to driver distraction as the root cause of automobile accidents.

These distractions include texting, rubbernecking, or slowing down to observe another accident, accounting for 16 percent of all distraction-related crashes. Cell phone use is a major concern with as many as 85 percent of the estimated 100 million cell-phone users talking on their phone regularly while driving. One study found that driving and talking on a cell phone at the same time quadruples the risk of crashing. Other common driver distractions include:

Driver fatigue (12 percent)

Looking at scenery (10 percent)
Other passengers or children (9 percent)
Adjusting the radio or CD player (7 percent)
Reading the newspaper, books, maps, or other documents (less than 2 percent)

2. Driver Fatigue

According to the U.S. National Traffic Safety Administration, driver fatigue accounts for about 100,000 accidents every year in the United States, with the greatest risk between the hours of 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. when our circadian rhythms tell our bodies it’s time for sleep.

Fatigue drivers experience heavy eyelids, frequent yawning, a vehicle that drifts over road lines, fluctuating vehicle speed, misjudging traffic situations, seeing things “jump out” on the road, feeling fidgety or irritable, and daydreaming.

3. Drunk Driving

Drunk driving in Canada continues to be a leading cause of crashes despite the increased legislation on fines, driver suspensions, and possible jail time, up to 10 years if they cause bodily harm. On July 2, 2008, new Criminal Code provisions on impaired driving came into force in Canada, which gave police better tools to detect and investigate alcohol and drug-impaired driving. These changes increase the maximum sentence to life if the driver causes death and to a maximum 10-year sentence if they cause bodily harm.

Kingston eyes 'Vision Zero' in effort to cut collisions to zero...

4. Aggressive Driving

Transport Canada defines aggressive driving as speeding, running red lights, tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, and failing to yield the right of way, among other behaviors.

Recent Serious Vehicle Accidents along the Highway 401 &  Highway 416  in Eastern Ontario
July 15
A young mother of two was killed over the weekend after the vehicle she was driving collided with two tractor trailers on Highway 401 near Malloytown.

April 7, 2023 Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in Leeds County said a 77-year-old woman, who had been rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries after a transport truck collided with her vehicle, has died.

Police said the transport truck had been going eastbound when the driver crossed the centre median, entered the westbound lanes, and struck a westbound vehicle head-on.

The collision happened on Apr. 7 just before 9:30 a.m. in the stretch of the busy highway between County Road 5 in Mallorytown and Reynolds Road in Lansdowne.

Jan 13, 2023
An elderly woman's car crashed in the #401 Mallorytown area killing the woman. Poor weather and driving conditions could be the blame for  the crash.
Sept 3
Ontario Provincial Police are investigating a serious crash on Highway 401 in Kingston.
A driver rolled their vehicle on the eastbound on-ramp at Gardiners Road at around 7 a.m. Saturday. Frontenac paramedics transported the driver to hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Aug 30
A two-vehicle collision on Highway 401 left one person dead and another injured, just west of Mallorytown on Aug 30
Aug 26
South Dundas — August 26, 2022 One person has died and several others were injured after a single-vehicle collision on Highway 401 between the Brinston Road and County Road 31 exits
Aug 12
One person died in a collision Aug 12 morning that left the Highway 416 east of Prescott northbound on-ramp from Highway 401 closed for several hours.

Aug 8,
BROCKVILLE, Ont. — Provincial police are confirming three people have died in a collision between a semi and a passenger vehicle on Highway 401.

Police say it happened early Monday evening just east of Maitland, in Augusta Township.

Two other people were transported to hospital, but police said they did not know the extent of their injuries.
April 18. 2022 Provincial police have confirmed that three people died in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 401 just east of Maitland
Oct 21, 2021 An eastbound passenger vehicle left the east  401 roadway at Iroquois and rolled over in the ditch at about 7 a.m. The adult driver was pronounced dead at the scene, OPP said in a news release.
Feb 17,
Leeds County OPP are investigating a fatal collision on Highway 401 near Mallorytown on Monday evening.

A passenger vehicle was entering the westbound lanes from the on-ramp at County Road 5 at about 6:45 p.m. when it collided with the back of a transport truck that was stationary on the shoulder, police said in a release.

Jan 23, 2020 A 63-year-old man from Toronto has been charged with careless driving causing death in connection with a fatal collision that occurred on Highway 401 west of Brockville.

Dec 11, 2019 OPP say one person is dead as a result of a collision on Highway 401 near Brockville. OPP also worked to clear what they estimated to be a 30-vehicle pileup in the westbound lanes of the Highway west of Napanee.
Dec 1, 2019 One person is dead and as many as 30 people have been injured in a Sunday afternoon crash on Highway 401 near Kingston, Ont., involving between 30 and 40 vehicles.

The crash happened just after 2:30 p.m., forcing Ontario Provincial Police to close the highway's westbound lanes from Joyceville Road to Highway 15.
June 19,
The province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has invoked its mandate in connection with an early-morning crash that left a man seriously injured on Highway 401 west of Prescott. The SIU said a 31-year-old man was allegedly hit by a transport truck while fleeing a RIDE check.

June 10,
A tractor-trailer collided with a box truck in the 401 westbound lanes in a construction zone west of the Cardinal exit at about 2 p.m., according to Grenville County Ontario Provincial Police.The driver and lone occupant of the box truck was pronounced dead at the scene, said police.

Mar 30, 2019 Two vehicle collision involving a truck has killed one person just east of Brockville on the east bound 401 Highway. Possible cause could be an ice covered road at the time of the accident.
Jan 3, 2019 Grenville County OPP had their hands full Thursday morning with four tractor-trailers crashing within a couple of hours of each other on Highway 401.

All the incidents took place between the Maitland and Prescott exits, which is roughly 10 kilometres of road.

The first crash was reported around 6:30 a.m. when a tractor-trailer heading west collided with the cement barrier.

The other incidents happened around 8:15 a.m. when two westbound tractor-trailers and one eastbound tractor-trailer traveled off the highway and into the centre ditch.
No one was injured in any of the crashes

No one was injured in these crashes.
Oct 27,
One person is confirmed dead and at least five people are injured in a crash on Highway 401 near Montreal Street in Kingston Saturday morning @ 9.00 am
Oct 9, 2018 A teenager was killed driving westbound on the #401 at Morrisburg when lost control of his car and crossed the grass medium and crashed head-on into an east bound transport.
July 18, 2018 A small part of the eastbound lane of Highway 401 was closed after a tractor-trailer transporting freezies caught fire after an apparent collision in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Leeds County Ontario Provincial Police said they were called to the scene in Elizabethtown-Kitley Township just after 1 a.m.

The incident took place just between exit 687 and County Road 2 shortly after 1 a.m., according to Leeds OPP.  There were no apparant injuries.
July 3, 2018 One dead, six taken to hospital after minivan collision in Edwardsburgh Township

June 30, 2018 A vehicle with seven occupants was southbound on Highway 416, north of Spencerville, when it went out of control and rolled. One of the occupants died as result of the crash.
June 29, 2018 One person has died of injuries sustained in a crash involving five tractor trailers on Highway 401 at Trenton

June 3, 2018 A westbond bus carrying Chinese tourists on the #401 with 37 persons aboard crashes into a rock face at the Blue Church Road west of Prescott.  It was reported that multiple persons are being transported to hospitals in the area and there were three fatalities.
May 30, 2018 The Napanee detachment of the OPP attended to a blazing tractor trailer fire on Highway 401 westbound between Deseronto Road and Highway 49 near 10 a.m. after a Wednesday morning collision. The driver has been charged with careless driving. Also a driver has died after a collision between the two tractor trailers resulted in a fire on Highway 401 between Deseronto Road and Highway 49
May 25
Two people are killed when driving a SUV at 4.00 am crashed into a transport west of Kingston near Odessa along highway #401.
May 3, 2018 A fuel truck crashes into 2 transports and a person from Toronto is killed between Brockvillle and Prescott on the #401 closing both the east bound and west bound lanes.
April 14, 2018 The driver of a truck lost control and slammed into a rock face causing the truck to explode and killing the driver near Mallorytown on the 401 during an ice storm.
April 14
A woman lost control on the 401 near Prescott and was killed. Two other passengers were taken to hospital and treated for serious injuries.
March 27, 2018 Highway 401 between McConnell Avenue and Boundary Road in Cornwall was closed Tuesday afternoon following a two-vehicle collision

SDG OPP said that at around 4:15 p.m., a commercial rental vehicle entered the highway going westbound in the eastbound lanes. That vehicle collided with an eastbound passenger vehicle.

An adult man who was the only occupant of the passenger vehicle was taken to hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. The other driver was taken into police custody at the scene.

OPP traffic collision investigators are assisting with the investigation and all lanes of Highway 401 were closed in both directions, with emergency detour routes enacted.
January 31, 2018 At about 3:30 p.m. , officers of the Leeds County OPP detachment attended a multi-vehicle collision on Highway 401, west of Mallorytown in Front of Yonge Township. The chain-reaction collision involved four cars and seven tractor-trailers during adverse weather conditions.

A 23-year-old Scarborough man, who was involved and standing outside of his vehicle, was struck by a transport, said police.  He was taken to a nearby hospital and released after being treate for minor injuries.
January 24, 2018 One man is dead after he drove off Highway 401 near Kingston January 24, 2018.

Police said the man, 71, was travelling east when his car left the roadway and crashed just east of the Joyceville Road exit at about 4:30 p.m.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, police said.
January 12, 2018 Highway 401 was closed for nearly 24 hours in both directions between Cardinal and Johnstown  after a serious collision involving several tractor trailers.

December 11, 2017 Fatal Crash: Hwy 401 WB at Dixon / Martin Grove exit. Car struck by tractor trailer. One occupant of car pronounced on scene. Full closure all WB lanes of Hwy 401.
November 28, 2017 Two people are dead and four others in hospital after a multiple-vehicle collision on Highway 401 east of Prescott on Monday night. Two transport trailers and three vehicles collided in the eastbound lanes of the 401 between Prescott and Highway 416 at 10:30 p.m., according to Grenville County Ontario Provincial Police.
November 22, 2017

A two vehicle accident involving a car and a transport early in the morning on the east bound lane of the 401 near Brockville kills one woman.

Nov 17, 2017

Two accidents near Gananoque kills two men.  The crash involved two cars and a tractor trailer.

Sept 21, 2017

A Montreal woman died and two other people were injured in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon near Belleville, Ont. 


Sept 8, 2017

Another person has died in a collision on Highway 401, the second fatal crash involving a tractor-trailer on the same stretch of highway in just over 12 hours.

According to the OPP, at about 12:30 p.m. a vehicle travelling eastward on the highway outside of Cornwall crashed into an eastbound tractor trailer. 

Sept 7, 2017

A motorist ended up going the wrong way on Highway 401 because he was following his GPS, Leeds OPP say.

The Ontario Provincial Police was called when the driver was spotted going west in the eastbound lanes at Mallorytown A motorist ended up going the wrong way on Highway 401 because he was following his GPS, Leeds OPP say.

The Ontario Provincial Police was called when the driver was spotted going west in the eastbound lanes at Mallorytown  

Sept 1, 2017

The OPP confirmed one person died in a three-vehicle collision on Highway 401 west of Joyceville 

Aug 21, 2017

A 32-year-old woman is dead after a six-vehicle crash involving two tractor-trailers on Highway 401 in South Glengarry Township Monday afternoon, Ontario Provincial Police said. 

August 4, 2017

Two people are dead following a fiery crash on Highway 401 near Port Hope, Ont

June 7, 2017

A Roll Over car accident in Ottawa has left a 47 year old woman in serious but stable condition following an accident on a highway 416 off ramp to the eastbound 417.

Solutions to the Problem
  July 30, 2020             Ministry cool to 401 safety recommendations
  February 14, 2019     Locals Cheer New #401 Truck Rest Stop
  August 21, 2018        Mayors Optimistic about 401 Safety
July 14, 2018            Truckers Under Pressure
October 19, 2017      Widen the 401 : Mayors
November 30, 2017   Quick Action Sought on 401 trucks
December 9, 2017     New Highway 401 Safety Measures

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