Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

Highway 401 Barriers needed at stretch locally called 'Carnage Alley'

Published on October 5, 2017

Oct 5, 2017

QUEEN’S PARK—Today in question period in the Ontario legislature, Windsor-Tecumseh MPP Percy Hatfield called on the Liberal government to finally improve the safety of southwestern Ontario families travelling on the infamous “carnage alley", a stretch of the 401 between London and Tilbury.

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Families from the area who lost loved ones in fatal accidents attended question period Wednesday to support the immediate call for a median barrier before more of these severe accidents happen. 

“Ontario should – and could have the safest roads in North America,” said Hatfield. “Yet, so many families have been devastated by accidents and loss of life on a single part of the 401. So many in fact, it’s earned the disturbing nickname ‘Carnage Alley’.”

Safety features along the stretch west of London aren’t keeping up with highway expansion and increased traffic.

Windsor resident and rally participant, Denise Lafontaine had this to say about the issue:  “I came to Queen’s Park this morning because my 13-year-old daughter, Alyssa, and brother, Marc, were needlessly killed on this stretch of the highway and we absolutely must get this barrier installed – starting right away!”

Hatfield added, “The 401 is being widened in the Toronto area. More trucks will be heading to the new border crossings in Windsor. We need to feel safe when we drive on the 401.”

“Why won’t the government listen and commit and give us a timeline for median barriers along this stretch known as “Carnage Alley?” asked Hatfield.