Toronto driver killed by falling highway sign on QEW

Apr 27 2021, 2:45 pm

A falling highway sign on the Queen Elizabeth Way struck a car killing the driver early Tuesday morning.

Police say a construction excavator struck the overhead sign near Nicola Tesla Boulevard in Burlington just after 12:50 am. The impact caused the sign to collapse, and it toppled onto a car passing underneath it.

Ontario Provincial Police say the driver, a 46-year-old man from Toronto, was pronounced dead on scene. The force initially said the man was from Niagara, but later provided an update to say he lived in Toronto.

The highway was closed for several hours Tuesday morning while police investigated and while crews cleaned up the sign debris.

It re-opened just after 9 am.

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