The OPP shut down all eastbound lanes at Ford Dr. around 8 p.m. while paramedics from Peel and Halton Region tended to the injured. All four vehicles are stopped between Ford Dr. and Winston Churchill Blvd.
Sgt. Kerry Schmidt of the OPP’s Highway Safety Division told reporters at the scene that three vehicles hit a patch of unidentified debris. Their occupants pulled over to the right shoulder to examine the damage — and as they were doing so, a fourth vehicle hit the debris, lost control, and plowed through four of them.
“It’s a very sad situation, to have someone lose their life on the road for something as seemingly simple as debris on the highway,” he said. OPP investigators are inspecting the debris to find out where exactly it came from. They expect to be at the scene for some time, Schmidt said. Footage from local media showed a white SUV with a hood crumpled like tinfoil pressed up against the highway’s fence. A black sedan and several other cars are strung out behind the SUV.
James Walker, a witness to the crash, was staying at the Hilton Gardens motel across the road when he saw the crash. He told CP24 that the last vehicle to hit the debris, after occupants of the other three emerged, blew out its front tire and skidded out of control.
“It was a horrific scene,” he told CP24. “I didn’t come up here with the expectation of being witness to anything like this.”
Despite sunny skies and beautiful weather, this crash was one of several that plagued GTA highways over the weekend — including one in Aurora an hour before that killed a male motorcyclist.
“When we have clear, dry roads, speeds increase — and the possibility for injuries and fatalities do as well,” Schmidt said.
It’s unclear at this point whether any of the four vehicles involved in Sunday’s crash were speeding, but Walker said that either way, the result is the same.
“I’ve seen a lot of speed and aggression on the road … this weekend,” he said. “And you know what? This may not be a case of speed — but people lose lives.”