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March 15, 2013

Photos of the big accident on highway 401 at 416

Here are some photos taken by Mark Sluban at the scene of a massive pile-up on the 401 eastbound near the 416. According to media reports, paramedics are on the scene treating several people with serious injuries. Paramedics say four tractor trailers and 20 cars were involved.   The crash happened during a sudden white-out caused by snow.

Photos are published here with Mark's permission.  Mark saw the car in front of him slow down, and was able to pull over.  He's wasn't hurt and his car wasn't damaged, but he's stuck on the 401 for a while.   The OPP has shut down the eastbound lanes and traffic is slow going westbound.

Folks, this is a great reminder to a) slow down and b) keep your distance when driving on the 401. Especially during snowy weather.

























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  1. Anonymous7:09 PM

    pple never learn!

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    1. Anonymous8:56 PM

      There were no deaths two people in critical condition. I was there too and took photos. It was a white out

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  7. Anonymous8:25 PM

    lets focus on the people whos lives have been chaged from today forward everyone has a right to be on the roads we can to learn to co exist remember they also bring you thhe clothes on your back and the food on your table Lorna Munday

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  10. really i drive this route every day and i see countless cars and mini vans doing 140 km passing trucks left and right trucks are equiped with speed limiters and cant go more than 105 km
    trucks have better visability than cars and better traction in snow thus can maintain 100 km speed in weather that cars and vans cant
    truckers drive 100,000 km yr for decades and seldom are the cause of accidents most accidents involving transports are caused by idiots going 140 in their car cutting between or cutting off trucks not taking into consideration they are hauling 50,000-100,000 lbs and cant stop as fast as a car

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    1. Anonymous9:11 PM

      last year we were driving the 401 couldn't see the road some of you might remember that rain fall it was insane. had to pull over but the transports didn't slow down one little bit. Also a transport pushed my car off the road with me in it and kept right on going. I really do think some law should be passed that they have to slow down in bad weather. I don't know today because one of those transports had jack knifed AND IT WAS A WHITE OUT. We won't know untill tomorrow or if we listen to the news at 11 p.m. For now just be thankful no one was killed. I saw todays accident and it was a horrible thing to see

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    2. You are so right in what you say Roy. I have seen cars cut off trucks myself. Truckers are only allowed so many hours on the road before pulling over for a pit stop. Maybe drivers of cars should have the same rules. I believe this time was mother natures fault though. But thank God no one was killed.

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  11. Anonymous9:10 PM

    well said Roy, people dont respect truckers

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  12. Anonymous9:14 PM

    There was a day when truckers were our friend on the highway today they are not. They go well over the speed limit, don't care what kind of weather it is and play that game of pass each other 5 times in a row, with me behind you. I'm sorry but they have to learn to slow down in bad weather just like the rest of us do.

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    1. Anonymous9:27 PM

      everyone needs to slow down they are in a hell ofa hurry to go where may the graveyard

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    3. Anonymous9:27 AM

      they dont go way over the speed limit, most trucks are equipped with speed governors. maybe leave accusations out unless you know all the facts!

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  13. There are good driving truckers and bad driving truckers. IT IS THE SAME FOR US DRIVING CARS, MIN VANS, TRUCKS ECT. There are good one and bad ones. So don't just put truckers down, It's not what people drive, its how they drive.

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    1. Anonymous10:32 AM

      I totally agree with you on this one Sam. Well said

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    2. We have had some strange weather this year that "NO ONE EXPECTED" Every one needs to beware of rapid changes. Please slow down be careful, no one wants an accidents thats why they call it an accident. Don't put blame on people, just pray no one gets hurt.

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  14. Anonymous10:30 PM

    My husband was a truck driver for over 20 years with thousands of miles and the stories he would tell me of people cutting him off and driving to close to the side of his truck or sitting far to close to the back of him would make you all shake your heads. I was always thankful he didn't tell me till he was safe at home. Don't forget people it is a lot harder for these large trucks to stop than your little car. If they get in an accident they are very likely to be hurt as well as hurting the bad drivers causing the accidents which they have to live with the rest of their lives so they would prefer not to be involved in accidents. I know there are good truck drivers and bad ones, just respect each other and drive for the conditions, after all we do live in Canada and all have families to get home to.

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    1. anonymous I totally agree with you. I once was driver myself. What you say is totaly true. It is scary.

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  15. Anonymous10:31 PM

    It is actually safer for the truck drivers to maintain there speed of 110km/h in bad weather. i to drive this route a lot and the vehicles I see mostly going well over 140km/h and jumping in and out of traffic are the ones with quebec license plates. If people had of slowed down and stopped when the initial accident happened instead of driving up the shoulder to get to where they were going it could have turned out a lot better. however if we lived on could of, would have, should of's, we would all lead dull and boring lives. Bottom line this is a very sad and unforunate accident and I hope everyone involved is ok.

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  17. Anonymous10:50 PM

    I missed the actual accident but came across its aftermath when I returned from Ottawa today. I have driven from Hwy 2 to Kanata almost every day for 13 years and trust me when I say I have seen it all. Everyone needs to pay more attention to what they are doing. Hopefuly no one ends up dead from this. There are good and courteous drivers out there from all over the place driving in all matter of vehicles. Lets hope the bad ones learn from accidents like these. Stay safe out there.

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  18. Anonymous10:53 PM

    This is really embarrassing to read. Have none of you any couth or sense of respect for anything. You should never try to point blame when you have no real facts about what happened. All most of you are working from are the machinations of overactive imaginations. Someone has died and many were hurt, if anything you should be sending out your regards. Shame on you.

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    1. Anonymous9:38 AM

      well said, unless you were a driver and were there, you "do not" know what the first impact was to cause this. Accidents happen, lots of vehicles, white out, slippery roads, one does not need to be speeding, talking on phone, etc, for accidents to happen. Do not point fingers or accuse, keep all the victims and the rescue workers in our thoughts!

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  19. Anonymous7:11 AM

    I think new truckers (especially those who are NOT from our Native Land)should have many, many hrs. of training before allowed on our roads! Alot of them have never driven a vehicle before & yet are allowed to get on our highways in a 'Big Rig' & drive as if THEY own the roads! If anyone has noticed, a high percentage of accidents are caused by these drivers! Granted, I've seen many STUPID drivers in cars that think by ripping past a truck & cutting them off is going to get them to their destination sooner; (chances are>>it will BUT not where they expected to go!)Even when the trucker tries to 'gear down',their load can push them ahead.How do I know all this? I used to date 2 different truckers some yrs. ago, going both Stateside & here in Canada. They were both excellent drivers &knew the 'Rules of the Road'!!

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    1. Anonymous9:58 AM

      I agree with you whole heartedly

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  20. Anonymous7:24 AM

    I never see truckers on the highway driving crazy....it's all the others! Driving too fast, cutting people off ect...

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  21. Anonymous8:23 AM

    I DRIVE THE 401 ALL THE TIME AND DONT SEE ANY TRUCKERS DRIVING MUCH OVER THE POSTED SPEED LIMIT NOT TO MENTION THEY HAVE SPEED REGULATORS ON THEIR TRUCKS. NOT SURE WHAT ALL THESE PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT! I HAVE HOWEVER SEEN OTHER PEOPLE IN CARS DRIVING 135/H - 145/H REALLY!! JUST LAST THURS I SEEN A LADY SWOOPING IN AND OUT OF TRAFFIC LIKE AND IDIOT AND TALKING ON THE PHONE! SWIFT!

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  22. Excellent photos.Excellent points. It's snowy, slow down. Poor visibility, slow down.
    I just hope some learn from it, but they don't. I have dozens of photos of people speeding, passing unsafely, Cottage Country Reflections: driving http://bit.ly/ZxlVNj

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  23. Anonymous9:48 AM

    |tHIS IS TERRIBLE IT IS CAUSED BY SOME STUPIT IDOIT THINKING THEY GOOD BEAT THE WEATHER. MY HUSBAND WAS A TRUCKER AND MY SON IS A TRUCKER OTHER DRIVERS DONT RELAIZE THE LOAD ON THE TRUCKS AND THEY CANNOT STOP ON A DIME. SURE THEY BREAK HER DOWN BUT THE LOAD KEEPS PUSHING THEM.. SLOW DOWN DRIVERS AND GIVE CURTISY TO THE TRUCKERS AND OTHER DRIVERS

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  24. Anonymous11:14 AM

    My dad is a trucker who travels all over Ontario and every time I hear about one of these accidents I get a bad feeling in my gut. People please be careful and respectful of truckers. My dad is one of those 'do the right thing' people and drivers. I would never forgive a dangerous driver for endangering my fathers life. North Dundas, Ont.

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    1. Anonymous1:34 PM

      Be respectful of truckers ?????? How about they try a little to be respectful of the little cars beside them. No they drive well over the speed limit and don't care about the cars they are blinding when they pass in bad weather.

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  25. Anonymous9:11 PM

    Ther are good drivers and bad drivers! Some drive trucks and some drive cars! I don't think it's fair to point fingers at 1 or the other. It doesn't matter what u drive, it's winter and the roads can get slippery so everyone needs to slow down and be more careful for everyones well being. I think ppl need to learn more about road safety and respect everybody wether their carrying more weight or not. Accidents hurt and sometimes kill and u don't want to be the cause of it.

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  27. It's MTO regulation that trucks be equipped with speed regulators that do not allow them to travel at speeds higher than 105km/hr.

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  28. Anonymous11:32 PM

    I live in the area close to the accident...it went from being fine to white out to fine again in about 15 minutes.
    It is about five minutes between exits in normal driving conditions...even knowing where the exits were would probably not have helped since they could not have seen the ramp.
    It was a series of unfortunate incidents to blame for this accident...not the fault of inept driving.
    My sympathy goes out to those involved and their families...I hope everything turns out okay

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  29. Anonymous9:50 AM

    Not all trucks have regulators, someone quoted that there husband/son was a trucker. I ask, if they can't stop on a dime why are they still going 105km in white out conditions. Not pushing blame here, but the truckers need to slow down just as much as other cars. I can't count the times trucks passing doing 105km in bad conditions and swerving over to the right lane have almost put people in the ditch. They may have better visibility being higher up but they certainly don't have the control required to stop their rigs, change lanes etc. It is my opinion that the trucks may not be involved in a lot of accidents but I would bet they are the cause of many. EVERY vehicle needs to slow down when the conditions are bad.

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  30. I am surprised that this blog is all about truckers driving safely or not driving safely. I was one of the first vehicles in this accident- it was not caused by truckers, the snow was clearing, visibility was good and there was only about a cm of snow on the road, unfortunately, for whatever reasons the road had turned to glare ice under that snow, and any car or truck that started to brake hard lost control. It was a chain reaction that started as CARS started to brake to exit onto the 416. Have the facts and don't be judgemental. There are lots of truckers who take their responsibility seriously. I am a car driver.

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  31. Anonymous6:33 PM

    MTO MUST MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO INFORM TO TRAVELLERS AT kINGSTON ABOUT THE 401 HIGHWAY TRAFIC.

    MK

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  32. What a terrible tragedy! People involved in that accident surely need the help of driving offence solicitors. Thanks for the info.

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