The Ontario Provincial Police has identified a 26-year-old Michael McDonald, of Burlington, as the victim of a fatal accident that occurred on Hwy. 6 in Flamborough at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17.
According to police, a 2005 Saturn driven McDonald was northbound on the highway between the 7th Concession and Carlisle Road when, for unknown reasons, the driver lost control and his car veered into oncoming traffic, colliding head-on with a tractor-trailer. McDonald, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was uninjured.
The accident occurred during a snowfall and resulted in the highway being closed in both directions between the 6th Concession and Carlisle Road. Sgt. Dave Woodford of the OPP reported that weather conditions were so bad that police had to call for salters and sanders before the accident reconstruction unit could attend the scene. “It took a while to get equipment and people in there,” the sergeant said, adding that the highway wasn’t reopened until 2 a.m.
The OPP’s Traffic Support Unit is investigating the fatal crash. As of Friday afternoon, Burlington OPP said a cause had not been determined.
Witnesses are asked to call 905-681-2511 with any information.