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‘My heart was racing’: Vehicle travels wrong way on Highway 404

A Mount Albert farmer was driving a large truck home from Toronto and captured the incident on his dash camera near Newmarket

A driver was filmed driving the wrong way on Highway 404 near Newmarket Monday morning.

At approximately 10:50 a.m., between the interchanges of St. John’s Sideroad and Mulock Drive, a light-coloured vehicle can be seen on the video moving at a slower rate of speed than the oncoming traffic along the median edge of the highway.

A Mount Albert farmer, who declined to be named, was driving a large truck home from Toronto that morning and captured the incident on his dash camera.

“I feel like I never saw it,” he told NewmarketToday.

There was a flatbed tow truck in the right lane beside him that appeared to see the car first and then moved over to the right to allow for more space.

“He tipped me off and moved or sped up, but he kind of reacted quickly. All of a sudden, I saw the headlights of the car coming at me, and I moved over toward the right lane. I looked down, and I could see her face, and it was an older woman. As soon as she went by me, I went back into the left-hand lane, looked in my left-side mirror and saw a dump truck behind me, and he had to do the same thing”, he said.

At the time of publication of this story, Ontario Provincial Police had not yet responded to inquiries about the incident.

“I don’t know what happened after that. Nobody stopped. I don’t know why I didn’t. After that, my heart was racing, and I didn’t know what to do. She must have made it to Aurora Road and gotten off there”, he added.

“What concerned me about it is that I know how people can get onto the wrong ramps as the signage can sometimes be confusing, but with her age and the level of confusion, why did she continue down the road? She would have immediately realized that she was on the wrong side of the highway. She knew she was on the wrong side as she was straddling the left-hand shoulder”, he said.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the OPP.

About the Author: Kevin Lamb

Kevin Lamb picked up a camera in 2000 and by 2005 was freelancing for the Barrie Examiner newspaper until its closure in 2017. He is an award-winning photojournalist, with his work having been seen in many news outlets across Canada and internationally
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