Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Crash closes bridge

BURLINGTON, Ont.—A 34-year-old man faces impaired charges after a dump truck hit scaffolding on a key bridge linking the Hamilton-Niagara region to the Toronto area.
The collision on the Burlington Skyway just after 3:30 p.m. yesterday brought rush-hour traffic to a standstill and shut down northbound lanes.

Police said the crash caused “significant structural damage” and the Toronto-bound lanes will stay closed until engineers determine the highway is safe to reopen.
The truck driver, Sukhvinder Singh Rai, is charged with impaired driving and having a blood alcohol content over 80 mg.
He has been released from custody and is scheduled to appear in a Hamilton court Aug. 22.
It appears the dump truck’s bed was raised—causing it to hit the scaffolding on the bridge.
Three other vehicles—a transport truck and two cars—also were damaged in the crash.
Police said the driver suffered minor injuries.

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