Hwy. 401 traffic sits still after motorcycle collision caused road closures in Mississauga


Published August 28, 2022 at 11:31 am

A motorcyclist was seriously injured last night (Aug. 27) when the bike they were riding crashed into the back of a car on Hwy. 401 in Mississauga.

OPP said the crash closed all Hwy. 401 eastbound express lanes between Hwy. 403 and Dixie Rd. and sent the 42-year-old motorcyclist to hospital with serious injuries. Police didn’t say if the motorcyclist is a man or woman.

Police first reported the lane closures shortly after 6 p.m. saying there has been a collision.

A motorcyclist from Keswick, a small community near Barrie, reportedly collided with the back end of a car in the left lane.

Police say the motorcycle rider sustained serious injuries and was transported to Sunnybrook hospital by paramedics.

Drivers were left sitting still for hours after police closed a portion of Hwy. 401 eastbound express lanes as a result of the collision.

The two occupants of the vehicle involved in the collision were not physically injured.

The motorcycle is seen severely damaged and mangled, hardly recognizable except for a single back tire still attached.

The OPP kept the express lanes of Highway 401 closed for several hours while collision reconstruction teams investigated.

The cause of the collision is not yet confirmed but several witnesses report seeing the motorcyclist lane-splitting and weaving in and out of traffic before the accident.

Hwy. 401 was sitting at a stand-still while the closure took place. Videos shared by motorists on the highway show cars not moving, people wandering around the road, and cars even attempting to back up along the shoulder.

The OPP did not report the reopening of all Hwy. 401 eastbound express lanes until 10:30 p.m., although it is likely traffic was moving again before that.

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