Driver killed on QEW after excavator clips overhead sign, causing it to collapse
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A 46-year-old driver from Toronto has been pronounced dead after an early morning accident on the QEW in Hamilton, Ont.
Ontario Provincial Police said a piece of construction equipment struck a sign running over the highway, causing it to collapse onto the road. As the sign fell, it crushed a Toronto-bound vehicle, killing the driver.
Fatal collision: #QEW Toronto bound at Nikola Tesla Blvd: An excavator in a construction zone struck an overhead road sign causing it to collapse and fall onto the roadway striking a passing vehicle. The 46 year driver from Niagara in the car was pronounced dead. pic.twitter.com/A3Njm1LqoA
— OPP Highway Safety Division (@OPP_HSD) April 27, 2021
Police received the call at roughly 12:50 a.m. April 27. Photos from the scene, near the Burlington Skyway at the QEW and Nikola Tesla Boulevard, show an excavator beside the large collapsed sign.
The highway was closed Tuesday morning for an investigation, as well as for the removal of the sign.