A combination of factors jammed city streets and highways throughout Hamilton’s west end on Thursday.
Most significantly — Ontario Provincial Police say a motorcyclist was killed when he lost control of his bike on the westbound 403 at about 8 o’clock Thursday morning, fell off, and was then run over by one or more vehicles.
The O-P-P’s Dave Woodford adds that it looks like the driver lost control after making a lane change.
He’s asking witnesses to call the Burlington detachment of the O-P-P with any information.
It’s unknown if speed or alcohol are factors, but Woodford believes this morning’s fog was not a factor in the crash.
There are no details on the victim’s name, age or hometown.
The westbound 403 remained closed from Aberdeen to the Linc until about 3 o’clock in the afternoon. Traffic was being forced off the highway and on to city streets which were jammed with vehicles. As of mid-afternoon, it was taking vehicles over half-an-hour to get from Main and Longwood into the downtown core.
Main Street West, James Street South, Queen Street South, York Boulevard and the Wilson Street hill in Ancaster were just a few of the routes feeling the impacts.
The delays intensified, when a collision in the eastbound lanes of the 403 near Highway 6 sent two people to hospital, one with life-threatening injuries.
Around 10:30 a.m, police say a car rolled several times at that location after colliding with a transport truck. Three people were taken to hospital.