Burlington Skyway bridge reopens after winds force afternoon closure
Tractor-trailer 'rolled over like a wave,' says driver
Ontario Provincial Police closed both directions of the Burlington Skyway bridge for several hours on Wednesday afternoon because of "extreme winds" that caused a tractor-trailer to flip over.
Police reopened both lanes of the bridge at 5 p.m.
Around noon, a transport truck was blown over on its side by the wind, forcing closure of the Fort Erie-bound lanes. Shortly after, police shut down the bridge because of the blustery conditions.
Burlington Skyway closed in both directions due to high winds and a rolled over transport truck <a href="https://t.co/mmapeKmWDx">pic.twitter.com/mmapeKmWDx</a>—@OPP_HSD
James Estepp was driving the truck when it rolled.
"What happened is that they had signs out saying slow down due to high winds," said Estepp, a driver from Texas.
"I had slowed down ... and the traffic was going like maybe 50 km/h, and the next thing I knew, the back of the trailer starting rolling over, and I was trying to adjust for it, but it just kind of rolled over like a wave."
Estepp is an experienced driver and said he has never been involved in a collision. He drives on the Skyway a couple of times a month and has had to deal with windy conditions on it before.
But the transport truck driver said he might consider a career change.
"I'm going to become a pilot, now that I can fly," he told CBC News.
No one was injured during the rollover, and police said the transport truck was not carrying a load.
Crews were on scene "fighting with the wind," said Sgt. Kerry Schmidt, a spokesperson for the police.
The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Skyway?src=hash">#Skyway</a> bridge is closed so some drivers backed right out. <a href="https://t.co/j7h28qnSr6">pic.twitter.com/j7h28qnSr6</a>—@nicolebrockbank
The QEW was closed from Eastport Drive to North Shore Boulevard, causing major delays in the area for more than five hours.
90 km/h wind gusts
Environment Canada issued a special weather statement earlier today, calling for wind gusts of up to 90 km/h this afternoon.
The Garden City Skyway near St. Catharines, Ont., has also been closed because of high winds.
Winds are expected to diminish early in the evening, the weather agency says.
CLEARED: COLLISION: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/QEW?src=hash">#QEW</a> Burlington Skyway Toronto and Fort Erie bound lanes are now OPEN.^lp—@OPP_GTATraffic
Route 12, 15, 16, 18, 40 & 47 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GObus?src=hash">#GObus</a> delays of 30-90 mins due to overturned tractor trailer on Burlington Skyway; <a href="https://t.co/LDlSJI5lV2">https://t.co/LDlSJI5lV2</a>.—@GOtransit
We're experiencing significant delays on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HSR11?src=hash">#HSR11</a> buses, due to closure of Skyway Bridge. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BurlON?src=hash">#BurlON</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HamOnt?src=hash">#HamOnt</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HSRAlert?src=hash">#HSRAlert</a> <a href="https://t.co/sdOoT7IzjD">https://t.co/sdOoT7IzjD</a>—@hsr