Motorcyclist critically injured in fiery Hwy. 174 crash
Multi-vehicle pileup around 6:30 a.m. Thursday closed westbound lanes at Blair Road
A multi-vehicle crash on Highway 174 Thursday morning left a vehicle and a motorcycle in flames and sent a motorcyclist to hospital with critical injuries.
The westbound lanes of the highway were closed most of the morning, but by mid-afternoon one lane had been reopened.
The crash happened at 6:26 a.m.
Ottawa police said six vehicles were involved, including a motorcycle. The motorcycle and another vehicle caught fire.
The motorcyclist, a 47-year-old man, suffered severe second- and third-degree burns, paramedics said. He was taken to hospital in critical condition.
The flames were extinguished by 6:43 a.m., Ottawa Fire Services said in a press release.
In a news release, Ottawa Fire Service thanked bystanders who helped the injured motorcyclist.
Update: 174 WB at Blair, veh & motorcycle on fire, one transported with serious injuries. all lanes are closed. pls avoid <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/otttraffic?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#otttraffic</a>—@OttawaPolice
Update: 174 WB at St-Laurent, 6 vehicles involved. Officers investigating, no mention if any injuries. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/otttraffic?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#otttraffic</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ottnews?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ottnews</a>—@OttawaPolice