The QEW between the 4-0-6 and Seventh street has reopened after two people died in a spectacular crash early yesterday morning.
Ontario Provincial Police say the chain reaction crash happened just before 4 a.m. when a white Mitsubishi and a grey BMW collided on the highway. A truck hauling a load of steel coils then slammed in the Mitsubishi, sending the car into the ditch where it came to rest along the chain link fence lining the service road.
The flatbed carrying the load of steel detached from the cab, struck the concrete median and flipped over on to the Toronto bound QEW, sending the coils of steel across the road and in to hitting a tanker truck carrying liquid carbon dioxide. The cab of that truck was badly mangled.
A 20-year-old Brampton man, a passenger in the Mitsubishi, was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other people in the car suffered life threatening injuries and were rushed to hospital in Hamilton. The driver of the BMW was not hurt. The driver of the rig carrying the load of steel suffered minor injuries. The driver of the tanker, however, was severly injured. The 53-year-old Hamilton man died in hospital hours later.
The crash shut down all lanes of the QEW in both directions as OPP accident reconstruction teams descended on the highway to determine the circumstances leading up the crash. The Fort-Erie bound QEW remained closed all morning, finally reopening just ahead of the afternoon rush.
The Toronto bound side remains closed as the clean-up continues. OPP Sgt. Dave Woodford says the damage to the roadway itself is considerable.
"The highway itself is going to have to be milled down and then repaved."
A light standard also had to be taken down as debris dislodged it from the concrete.
The OPP anticipates the road will reopen around 8 p.m. but the closure could remain in place until midnight.
The accident resulted in traffic chaos along the service roads on both sides of the highway and snarled many of the backroads in that area.
The OPP is asking any one who may have witnessed the accident to contact the Niagara Division at 905-356-1311