Burlington Skyway closed due to wind after transport truck toppled: OPP

Ontario Provincial Police say high winds blew over a tractor-trailer crossing a notoriously gusty highway bridge in the Niagara region on Wednesday, forcing officers to halt traffic in both directions until the wind dies down.

Emergency crews responded to the collision around 12 p.m. and quickly closed off all lanes of the highway to tow the vehicle off.

Kerry Schmidt said two people were inside the truck at the time, but no one was seriously hurt.

The transport truck was empty.

"We're dealing with severe weather", Schmidt said in an update on Twitter. Those travelling Toronto bound were directed off at Glendale Avenue in Niagara-on-the-Lake, while those travelling toward Fort Erie werebeing forced off at the 406.

Environment Canada warned southwesterly winds of between 50 km/h to 80 km/h may cause damage to trees and buildings.

There's no word yet when the bridge will reopen.

Winds are expected to diminish early in the evening, the federal weather agency says.

Schmidt said the Garden City Skyway Bridge near St. Catharines, Ont. may be closed too due to safety concerns because of blustering winds.

  • Leroy Wright