Three people have died and more than a dozen others have been injured in a multi-vehicle crash on a major highway east of Toronto.
“It is a huge scene here,” Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said Saturday morning of the collision Friday night on Highway 401 at Whitby, Ont.
A man, a woman and a boy died in the pileup, Schmidt said, adding that as many as 20 vehicles, including four tractor-trailer trucks, were involved in the collision in the westbound lanes of the highway.
“With all these vehicles crumpled up, it’s an unbelievable scene here with steel and aluminum twisted around from these vehicles that are not even recognizable as cars,” he said.
The accident is believed to have been caused by a transport truck carrying a load of steel that failed to slow down with surrounding traffic when approaching a construction zone.
Are unskilled transport truck operators to blame for this fatal crash? Is the new generation of big rig drivers hitting the road without the proper training? Maybe there’s too much construction on roadways that are designed to be used at high speeds?