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Traffic chaos following Burlington Skyway crash

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Friday, August 1, 2014, 2:59 PM -

Tens of thousands of drivers in the Halton region are in the midst of a traffic nightmare following Thursday's closure of the Burlington Skyway Bridge.

The vital transportation hub was abruptly shut down when a dump truck with an elevated liftbed crashed into the scaffolding of the bridge, sending chunks of the structure crashing to the ground.

Sukhvinder Singh Ra, a 34 year-old man from Brampton, Ont., faces one count of impaired operation of a motor vehicle and one count of blood alcohol level exceeding 80 milligrams in relation to the incident.

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The crash couldn't have come at a worse time.

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Taking place at 3:40 p.m., the accident left thousands of motorists stranded for hours just ahead of the evening commute.

Officials say the "significant structural damage'' on the bridge will likely leave Toronto-bound lanes closed through the long weekend, according to an official from the Ministry of Transportation. Make sure you download the Beat the Traffic app on iPhone or Android for the most up to date road information. You can also get updates by following @BTT_GTA.

On Friday, drivers were being warned to prepare for an extra long commute. Some frustrated motorists were spotted performing U-turns and driving the wrong way on off and on ramps in an effort to cut time.

Others took to social media to voice their complaints.

Three other vehicles, a transport truck and two cars were also damaged subsequent to the initial collision. 

Singh Ra has been released from custody and is scheduled to appear in a Hamilton court on August 22nd. 

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