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UPDATE: Skyway will be closed all weekend

MTO to update situation Monday afternoon

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      The Toronto-bound lanes of the Burlington Skyway will be closed all weekend after a major crash earlier this week.

      Provincial officials announced Friday afternoon that the bridge's four lanes will be shut down through the long weekend. Engineers looking at the structural integrity of the bridge don't yet know if it's safe enough for vehicles yet after a dump truck in the up posistion smashed into the bridge Thursday afternoon.

      Key questions about safety weren't answered after a preliminary analysis so engineers will spend the weekend trying to get a closer look as crews remove debris and damage from the scene.

      MTO spokesperson Astrid Poei tells Newstalk 1010 "we do understand people want this road open as soon as possible...we want this road open as soon as possible but we we will not comprimise safety to do it."

      Anyone heading into Toronto (like thousands coming into the city for the festival formerly known as Caribana, now called the Caribbean Carnival) is being asked to plan alternative routes after a dump truck slammed into scaffolding on the bridge Thursday, bringing afternoon rush-hour traffic to a standstill and shutting down the northbound lanes.

      Police say the bridge structure sustained ``significant damage'' and that the Toronto-bound Queen Elizabeth Way remains closed between Eastport Drive and North Shore Boulevard, adding travellers can expect significant delays.

      A 34-year old man from Brampton has been charged with impaired driving in connection to the Thursday afternoon crash.

      Around 3:30 p.m. a dump truck making it's way over the Burlington Skyway, struck scaffolding through a construction zone. Reports from the scene indicate the truck's bucket was elevated, causing major damage.

      The truck driver, Sukhvinder Singh Rai, is charged with impaired driving and with exceeding 80 milligrams of blood alcohol content in a motor vehicle. His next court appearance will be on August 22, in Hamilton. 

      The driver of the truck sustained minor injuries.

      There's no estimate on how much damage may have been caused, but if the man charged is found to be responsible for the crash following the police investigation and court proceedings, he will be held responsible for damage to Crown property (bridge trusses, scaffolding, pavement etc).

      The Ministry of Transportation says the bridge was undergoing a multi-year rehabilitation program, which is why it's under construction.

      All Niagara-bound lanes of the skyway remain open.

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      1. ED posted on 07/31/2014 07:03 PM
        The company and the driver should be responsible for all repairs to this vital route to traffic and charges laid. Like by niece likes to say this is "dickliss" - Ridiculous
        1. lcassar posted on 07/31/2014 10:46 PM
          @ED First off they are and the company is covered for liability
          All tho wirh the new info the driver may be liable as well.had he been sober it was an accident and as they say accidents happen .if you want to worry about commuter routes and traffic links the 400 series are full off accidents every day maybe we should get compensated for lost production and our time from car drivers .
      2. What happens posted on 07/31/2014 07:14 PM
        What happens in every other accident?
        Damage property? Who pays when some one hits a pole?
        Good question though.
      3. Bobby Tortilla posted on 07/31/2014 07:53 PM
        This is very unfortunate, even though the driver should have known to check before going on there I can't help but feel bad for him due to the repercussions that will come from this. Such a quick act can change a persons life in a second.
        1. Ed Alex posted on 07/31/2014 11:40 PM
          @Bobby Tortilla I can't bring myself to feel bad for him or see this as "unfortunate". "Unfortunate" implies bad luck, just the luck of the draw, wrong place, wrong time, out of your control etc. He was DRUNK. He didn't just bump into something, he put the safety of MANY people at risk and may have done enough damage to a major structure to compromise it's safety costing provincial taxpayers money. He may not have intended this exact outcome, but he did have a certain degree of control over it when he chose to get behind the wheel while impaired.
        2. Karl Burgin posted on 08/01/2014 09:02 AM
          @Ed Alex In addition to your point, people who were driving beside him were honking at him about his truck-bed being up, as he approached the skyway.
          Also can't feel sorry for him here. Its FORTUNATE that no one died or was seriously injured.
        3. dama posted on 08/01/2014 12:50 PM
          @Karl Burgin Mid day and he was impaired, had an early start?

          He was impaired hence he didnt do the normal check that most truckers do, hence his truck-bed was up, ( I was wondering how this happened until I read that his truck-bed was not lowered) Duh !!

          Cant pity a guy who is drunk that early in the day.. and yes, just property damaged and not Life.. but a lot of inconvenience to drivers..
        4. john posted on 08/02/2014 10:25 AM
          @Bobby Tortilla dude was drunk it was preventable . no excuse . thorw this guy in jail have him pay for the bridge to be repaired .
      4. Bobby Tortilla posted on 07/31/2014 07:54 PM
        This is very unfortunate, even though the driver should have known to check before going on there I can't help but feel bad for him due to the repercussions that will come from this. Such a quick act can change a persons life in a second.
      5. Footloopdingus posted on 07/31/2014 08:36 PM
        As someone who has driven dump trucks this my guess at what happened. Dump trucks have what is called a PTO or power take off unit This unit only gets turned on when you are going to dump the load . The PTO is engaged but you still have use box controls to raise the box . I am guessing the driver some how engaged PTO with box controls set to the up position shorty before the crash At the height of box at impact the driver would hit sooner if he had left his destination with the box at that height and someone would have tried to get his attention. Just a opinion .
      6. RabidTicat posted on 07/31/2014 10:20 PM
        The driver has been charged with impaired driving, insurance will not usually pay in that instance. I'm thinking there is hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage, and thousands of commuters and travellers that could launch a class action suit against the driver and the company that employed him. My guess is neither will be solvent for long.
      7. sober thought posted on 07/31/2014 10:21 PM
        He was DRUNK....WHAT A JACKASS!!
        Not running for Mayor somewhere?
      8. Adam posted on 08/01/2014 01:39 AM
        It's not closed at RHVP it's closed at Burlington St... a very important distinction.
      9. Kellie posted on 08/01/2014 10:08 AM
        The irony of the "smart" truck sitting next to the dump truck is awesome.
      10. john posted on 08/01/2014 10:29 AM
        if u have a dumb ass driving a dumb truck what u expect ?
        1. Karl Burgin posted on 08/01/2014 12:53 PM
          @john lol.....i c what u did there ;p
      11. Marco posted on 08/02/2014 09:09 PM
        Yet another ruined weekend for all of the rest of us. I can't get that back for my kids.
        PRICELESS!
        THERE ARE TOO MANY DUMP TRUCKS ON THE ROAD DRUNK!
      12. butthead2001 posted on 08/05/2014 10:26 AM
        THE GUY IS DRUNK @ 3 PM?
        what if the truck got through and the bridge collapses on these commuters....still feel sorry for the driver? got stuck monday for an hour with 2 kids and my wife.
        dont drink and drive ....its 2014 M.A.D.D.
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