Kitchener (On) fire dispatch toned out Pump 6, Rescue 1, and Aerial 1 for a multi-vehicle MVC on highway 401 eastbound just before Homer Watson Boulevard, October 27 at 7:27. Pump 4 was added to the call as trucks were responding. Ayr Fire was also dispatched as they cover a large portion of the 401. Cambridge Tank 1 was added to call as Ayr’s second tanker was out of service. Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) advised they had heavy entrapment in a collision involving three transport trucks. Orange Air Ambulance was also dispatched on OPP’s report.
Kitchener P6 headed westbound on the highway, slowed at the scene and confirmed very serious entrapment and headed up to Cedar Creek Road to turn around. R1 stopped in the westbound lanes and started to pull equipment over the barrier to start the extrication. Firefighters worked for over an hour cutting and using rams to try to move the cab off the driver. Command asked dispatch to expedite a heavy wrecker to help with the extrication.
Paramedics pronounced the patient and extrication was stopped pending arrival of the coroner around 9:00. Once the coroner arrived on scene crews returned to extricating the victim. The load from his truck (wood pallets) sheared part of the top of the cab, but didn’t hit the driver. The driver didn’t see the traffic slowing and plowed into a second 18-wheeler that then hit a dump truck in front of him. The other two drivers were not injured. The dump truck driver said the rear of the first trailer appeared to jump 25-35 feet in the air on contact with the second trailer. It doesn’t appear that the driver of the first trailer ever hit his brakes. Posted speed limit on the road is 100 KPH or 62 MPH. It took over an hour to remove the driver. The 401 is the busiest highway in North America, the Toronto section of the highway sees almost half a million vehicles a day. Box 690 was on scene for three hours providing rehab. Shots taken approximately two hours into the call.