401 Open Following Deadly Crash and Chemical Spill
After more than a 24-hour shut down, the 401 is free and clear in both directions near Gananoque.
Tuesday's deadly collision and chemical spill shut down both directions of the highway for clean-up and decontamination until Wednesday night.
OPP say the eastbound lanes between Mallorytown Rd and Reynolds Rd re-opened just before 9:00 p.m while the westbound lanes re-opened around 11:00 p.m.
The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change confirmed the spill has been cleaned up, although limited lane closures may be needed over the coming days to continue debris clean-up from the collision.
A long-term plan has also been established with the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority to track and prevent any future risk of surface water and environment re-contamination.
Through the Township Emergency Preparedness Plan and immediate coordination of the Emergency Control Group, the resources and partners necessary to protect citizens of the Township and individuals impacted by the 401 closure were deployed.
“We could not have done this without strong partners,” stated Leeds Township Mayor Joe Baptista, “and, we cannot thank them enough for their tireless efforts.”
OPP have identified the man killed in the crash as Ian Melville, 45, of Hamilton.
He was transported to Kingston General Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, another transport truck collision briefly shut down the westbound 401 in Kingston between Division Street and Sydenham Road.
The jack-knifed tractor trailer was removed as quickly as possible and traffic was moving again before 3:00 p.m.