Multi-ve­hi­cle crashes lead to clo­sures in week­end of traf­fic chaos on the 401

Windsor Star - - CITY+REGION - Postmedia News

West­bound High­way 401 west of Bloom­field Road near Chatham was closed as On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice in­ves­ti­gated a five-ve­hi­cle col­li­sion late Sun­day af­ter­noon that re­sulted in two peo­ple be­ing taken to hospi­tal with life-threat­en­ing in­juries.

A west­bound trac­tor trailer col­lided with a west­bound pickup truck near Dil­lon Road at about 5:40 p.m., caus­ing a five-ve­hi­cle chain re­ac­tion col­li­sion, OPP said.

Ornge air am­bu­lance units from Lon­don and Toronto were dis­patched. Wit­nesses stuck in traf­fic re­ported a per­son be­ing taken from the scene via air am­bu­lance.

Chatham-Kent OPP, fire service and emer­gency med­i­cal service crews re­sponded, and OPP traf­fic col­li­sion in­ves­ti­ga­tors were ex­pected to be at the scene well into the night.

Mo­torists were ad­vised to avoid the area and find alternative routes as High­way 401 be­tween Bloom­field Road and Queens Line was closed.

High­way 401, parts of which are un­der re­con­struc­tion, was a mess over the week­end, with at least three crashes clos­ing down sec­tions of the high­way east of Es­sex County.

Also on Sun­day, east­bound lanes were closed near Mer­lin Road in Til­bury due to a five-ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent — the sec­ond time in 48 hours that the stretch of the road was closed. Po­lice de­scribed the in­juries to those in­volved as mi­nor. How­ever, High­way 401’s east­bound lanes in that area were closed at County Road 42 for about three hours.

East­bound High­way 401 was also closed for three hours at Mer­lin Road on Fri­day evening, with traf­fic bot­tle­neck­ing into the night. A chain-re­ac­tion crash in­volved five trac­tor trail­ers. Three peo­ple were hos­pi­tal­ized with mi­nor in­juries.

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