A woman is in hospital fighting for her life after a devastating crash on Highway 403 in Brantford.
OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk reported from the scene in the westbound lanes just west of Garden Avenue that the female driver, age 20, lost control travelling east and crossed the median, hit a guardrail and collided with a transport trailer.
The driver, a Hamilton resident, was ejected from her vehicle.
The woman’s car was sheared in two by the impact.
She sustained life-threatening injuries and was taken to a Hamilton hospital.
“My thoughts and prayers go out to this young lady,” Sanchuk said in a live stream video on Twitter. “She’s in hospital fighting for her life.
Sanchuk said she was wearing a seatbelt and was conscious when firefighters and paramedics arrived after getting the call around 5:50 p.m.
He asked drivers to please slow down and get home safely. The OPP was inundated with calls about collisions due to drivers not slowing down and driving according to the heavy snowfall.
“You are not going to stop on a dime,” Sanchuk said.
The highway was closed at Garden Avenue, where traffic was diverted off the 403.
Some drivers were stuck in traffic for a few hours. The congestion had cleared up by 11 p.m., but the highway remained closed for the investigation.
The OPP tweeted that the road was open again shortly after 6:30 a.m. on Thursday.