Saturday, March 7, 2009

Crashes on Allen & Gardiner Cause Traffic Mess


After being closed for most of Saturday morning and into the afternoon, the Gardiner and Allen Expressways have reopened to traffic.
The Gardiner was closed at about 4:30 a.m. after a crash between two cars, a bus and a pickup truck. It reopened in the early afternoon.
Occupants of all vehicles involved have been taken to hospital. Two are being treated for serious injuries.
Westbound traffic on the Gardiner was bumper-to-bumper in the lanes leaving the city's core, between Spadina and Jameson Avenues, for more than eight hours.
The eastbound lanes were also backed up well past the Humber River.
Another crash, on Allen Road, claimed a life this morning, forcing a major closure in both directions.
Police got the call at about 5 a.m. but say they don't know what time the crash actually happened.
A TTC driver noticed debris strewn across the southbound lanes of the Allen.
Toronto police Sgt. Tim Burrows says the driver was northbound before crossing the median into the southbound lanes and travelling up an embankment on the side of the expressway.
"There was a period of time where the vehicle was airborne," says Burrows.
Police haven't identified the driver yet but say he's a 23-year-old man who was driving a Volvo.
Police reopened the roadway just before 2:30 p.m.

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