Both lanes of Highway 401 were closed Saturday morning after man was killed when his car struck a hydro pole.

Both lanes of Highway 401 were closed Saturday morning after man was killed when his car struck a hydro pole.

A stretch of Highway 401 in Cambridge was closed late Tuesday morning as Ontario Provincial Police investigated yet another serious crash, the second since Saturday.

Police closed down the on and off ramps at Townline Road after calls came into 911 reporting that a woman had been struck by a car and lay bleeding at the side of the road, just east of Townline Road.

Cambridge residents Karyn Siewert and Tim Griffin drove by moments after the woman was struck. First on the scene, they sat at the side of the road with the unidentified woman, offering words of comfort.

The Good Samaritans waited with her until police and paramedics arrived. Siewert described the tragic scene.

“We were sitting on the 401 with her,” she said. “Tim was telling her to hang on. I was on the phone with 911.”

Siewert said the woman appeared to have lost a lot of blood. One of her shoes and her hat were strewn on the road, the other shoe in the ditch. The woman didn’t say a word.

“Nothing,” said Siewert, “ She just stared at us. But when Tim started to talk to her, her legs stopped shaking.”

Meanwhile, a truck driver tried to help divert traffic from the accident by signalling vehicles away from the scene.

OPP Highway Safety Division’s Sgt. Dave Woodford told the Cambridge Times that the woman was taken to hospital but could release no further information. She has since been listed in stable condition.

Highway 401 eastbound was closed for several hours to allow police to investigate, with lanes re-opening in phases over several hours to ease traffic congestion.

The incident was the second major accident on the local strip of highway in a matter of days. On Saturday at about 10:30 a.m., a 22-year man died after being ejected from his Volkswagen Jetta after it struck a hydro pole while exiting Highway 401 at Highway 24.

Police closed down both eastbound and westbound lanes of the highway and called in hydro crews to deal with downed power lines before investigating the crash. The highway was closed for hours, leaving long lines of motorists stranded during the day’s extreme heat. People could be seen out of their cars walking along the highway.

OPP have since released the name of the deceased as Matthew Ireland.

Officers are investigating to determine why the man’s vehicle went out of control and want to hear from witnesses. Anyone with information can contact the Cambridge OPP detachment at 519-654-0150.

lrutledge@cambridgetimes.ca