A massive crash involving at least 30 vehicles killed one person and caused a chemical spill. Police evacuated the area and Kingston General Hospital (KGH) declared a “Code Orange.” The hospital treated the incident as an “external disaster” and set up a decontamination bay for patients arriving from the scene according to Meaghan Quinn. Hospital officials said they took 29 patients in total and one person who was the driver of the chemical truck died. Thirteen of the patients were Emergency Services first responders who underwent decontamination and were held for observation as a precaution. The crash happened around 2 pm near Lansdowne, Ontario. OPP Const. Sandra Barr said the pile-up on Highway 401 east of Kingston involved cars and about a dozen transport trucks. One of the transport trucks was leaking a toxic substance which was later confirmed to be fluorosilicic acid. Barr said before the crash, officers were trying to stop one motorist speeding at about 160 kilometres an hour on the highway, in a 100-kilometre-per-hour limit. She says that incident was not related to the pileup.
Source: The Canadian Press
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