Massive Vehicle Pileup Took Life Of One Person In Kingston

Nellie Chapman
December 4, 2019

One person is dead after a multi-vehicle pileup that has shut down Highway 401 west near Kingston, Ont., Sunday afternoon, according to Ontario Provincial Police.

Matthew Robert Jamieson, 33, from Nova Scotia died on the scene of a major collision that involved 30 to 40 vehicles on Sunday.

Fifteen to 20 people involved in the crash were taken to hospital, most injuries that were not considered life-threatening, a spokeswoman for Kingston General Hospital added.

Stranded motorists not involved in the collision are being taken to a warming centre at the Rideau Heights Community Centre by Kingston Transit buses, police said.

"It's going to be a long haul", he said.

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The city of Kingston and the Red Cross were co-ordinating to find places for people, whose vehicles were stuck on the highway, to spend several hours, or even the entire night.

One person has died following a pileup involving dozens of vehicles during a winter storm on Sunday that also left thousands without power across southern Ontario.

Another crash killed a 24-year-old woman in the Niagara region and approximately 400 crashes were reported in the Greater Toronto Area.

"We can't get them off right now", Dick said.

The Kingston area is now under a winter travel advisory, with as much as 15 centimetres of snow expected to fall along the shores of Lake Ontario by Sunday evening.

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