One dead, dozens hurt in multi-vehicle crash near Kingston

One of the drivers from one of the tractor trailers involved in the collision died of injuries he sustained.

The secondary collision occurred about one kilometre west of the first and involved seven tractor trailers and three vehicles.

Multiple chain reaction crashes then followed the initial collisions.

Anybody that endured even minor inhalation exposure to the substance was being transported to hospital, according to responders. Hydrofluoric acid is a highly toxic, highly corrosive and poisonous solution which is harmful to skin, lungs and eyes.

The man who was driving the transport truck that leaked died.

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Several people were reported to have become covered in the hazardous liquid.

Patients were brought to a control centre at the fire station where they went through a decontamination process at the village's fire department.

Police say a total of 27 people were treated as a precaution for exposure to the toxic substance, including seven firemen and three police officers.

A Code Orange was declared at Kingston General Hospital where 29 patients were taken from the collision scenes. KGH opened a decontamination bay for all those who were exposed to the chemical.

One of the trailers was carrying fluorosilicic acid, an irritant that can cause respiratory irritation, as well as irritation to eyes, nose that throat.

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Quinn said a Code Orange was in place around 8 p.m. because they were treating patients in "non-traditional care areas", or spaces the hospital normally wouldn't use.

If you believe a family member or loved one may be at KGH as a result of the accident, please call the hotline at 613-549-6666 ext.

Hazmat teams at the crash and spill site east of Gananoque were hampered by the winter storm that continued overnight, according to Elaine Mallory, planning director for the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands. Some were discharged Tuesday and it's not clear whether any of those transported remain in hospital. "No residential properties were affected and there is no risk to the general public", a spokesperson for the township wrote late Tuesday afternoon on the municipality's Facebook page.

Highway 401 is closed in both directions around the crash site as the investigation continues.

More information will be updated as it becomes available.

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