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Toronto-bound QEW at Burlington Skyway closed until Monday due to crash

CityNews | posted Friday, Aug 1st, 2014

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The OPP says a 34-year-old man is facing an impaired driving charge after a crash that’s closed all lanes of the Toronto-bound QEW at the top of the Burlington Skyway at least until Monday morning.

Witnesses said they watched in disbelief as a dump truck crashed into scaffolding on the bridge in a construction zone around 3:30 p.m., creating a traffic nightmare that could extend well into the weekend.

“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, and then I heard other truckers honking but the guy kept going, he actually was going faster. It was so surreal,” said Robert Grimme. “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. And the next thing you know, ‘Bang!’ ”

In a tweet, Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca says that the Toronto-bound lanes would remain closed over the weekend, and into the holiday Monday:

Sukhvinder Singh Rai, from Brampton, faces charges of impaired driving and exceeding 80 milligrams of blood alcohol content. He is scheduled to appear in a Hamilton court on Aug. 22.

Rai received minor injuries in the crash.

“As a result of the collision, the bridge structure sustained significant damage,” the OPP said in a release. “Three other vehicles, a transport truck and two cars were also damaged subsequent to the initial collision.”

A heavy tow truck was at the scene and the Ministry of Transportation and engineers have been called in to gauge the amount of damage.

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Overhead view of the Toronto-bound Burlington Skyway on Aug. 1, 2014, after Thursday’s crash causes “significant damage” to the bridge’s structure. 680News/Darryl Dahmer

Overhead view of the Toronto-bound Burlington Skyway on Aug. 1, 2014, after Thursday’s crash causes “significant damage” to the bridge’s structure. 680News/Darryl Dahmer

Engineers assess the structural damage of the Toronto-bound Burlington Skyway on Aug. 1, 2014. 680News/Darryl Dahmer

Engineers assess the structural damage of the Toronto-bound Burlington Skyway on Aug. 1, 2014. 680News/Darryl Dahmer

 

Comments

  • Sarah C says:

    He should have to pay for ALL the damages; this should not come out of taxpayers money. That is absurd.
    I hope he’s not getting his license back. Ever.

  • Hilda Umbelina Andrade says:

    Seriously? i hope this guy gets the book thrown at him and pays for the damage. Not only did he put other peoples life at risk but now he’s made this long weekend escape a lot harder for the general public. Wow Drinking and Driving campaigns mean nothing. They just don’t get it!

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