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VIDEO: ‘Airborne’ SUV hits seven vehicles on 403, sending five to hospital

Published April 29, 2014

Hamilton Spectator for Wheels.ca

Two people were sent to hospital with life-threatening injuries Monday evening after seven vehicles were hit by a westbound SUV on Highway 403, near Waterdown Road.

The crash also sent three children — two visiting from Holland — to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, say the OPP.

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All westbound lanes were closed for several hours, with traffic being diverted off the highway at the Waterdown Road exit in Burlington.

The highway reopened to traffic at about 10:30 p.m.

The crash occurred at 6:30 p.m. while an OPP officer was investigating a minor collision on the 403, west of Waterdown Road, that resulted in his cruiser and four other vehicles being pulled over and stopped on the right shoulder of the westbound lanes, said OPP Constable Graham Williamson.

He said a black westbound Escalade struck the five vehicles on the shoulder and two others on the highway. The vehicles on the shoulder included two tow trucks.

A 59-year-old Burlington woman, who was in of one of the stopped vehicles, and the male driver of the Escalade suffered life-threatening injuries and were taken by ambulance to hospital.

Police did not have the age and residency of the man.

Two of the children were from The Netherlands and visiting family in the Burlington area, Williamson said. The third child is also from the Burlington area. He did not have their ages.

In the crash, “the Escalade somehow became airborne and took the top off one of the tow trucks,” Williamson said.

“One of the vehicles on the shoulder, a Toyota Yaris, was destroyed.”

The OPP are continuing their investigation into what caused the SUV driver to hit all the vehicles, but initially don’t think alcohol was involved, he said.

Burlington firefighters had to extricate two people from two different vehicles.

cfragomeni@thespec.com

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