UPDATE @ 4:35 p.m.: Authorities say a local man was the victim of a fatal truck crash that closed the eastbound 401 in Quinte West for close to 14 hours.
47 year-old Roger Esson, of Trent Hills, was killed when his truck was involved in a crash with three others, between Glen Miller and Wallbridge Loyalist Roads, just after midnight Friday. Esson was a volunteer firefighter with the Trent Hills Fire Department.
The highway was re-opened just before 4:00 p.m. and OPP say their investigation into the crash is ongoing and no charges have yet been laid.
Drivers travelling through the scene and in town should continue to be patient as the traffic backlog continues to clear.
UPDATE @ 3:45 p.m.: OPP say the eastbound lanes of Highway 401 have re-opened after the fatal overnight crash, involving four transport trucks.
Traffic is still expected to move slowly through the area and through Trenton in town, as the backlog clears.
Investigators haven’t given any update on the crash, including a cause, or identity of the man who was killed.
More information will be provided as it becomes available, but drivers should still expect things to be slow for the time being.
One man is dead after a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 401 eastbound at Trenton.
Four tractor-trailers were involved in the collision that occurred around 12:15 Friday morning.
The driver of a transport carrying milk was pronounced dead at the scene. Milk was leaking onto the highway.
Another driver was transported to hospital.
Highway 401 eastbound was closed and traffic was backed up to the Glen Miller Road ramps where detours were set up.
Quinte West firefighters, multiple OPP units, and five EMS ambulances responded to the scene.
Highway 401 East Bound remains closed for at least a few more hours and there is an Emergency Detour Route (EDR) set up.
The Technical Traffic Collision Investigation Unit of the OPP remains on scene