Morning weather leads to crash on Highway 401

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OPP in the region report officers in Chatham-Kent and Elgin had a busy time of it Friday, including the investigation of a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 401.

Police report that they got the call shortly before 11 a.m. of the crash in the eastbound lanes of the 401, after the Orford Road exit.

Police say the area was impacted by an inclement weather system that led to “extremely poor” driving conditions.

The pileup involved seven vehicles, including four commercial vehicles.

One of the passenger vehicles had seven occupants, and two of those passengers had to be extricated from the vehicle by West Elgin Fire Services. All seven occupants were transported to hospital for injuries determined to be non-life-threatening.

Part of the eastbound 401 was closed for several hours as a result of the crash.

Anyone with information regarding this incident, who may have observed the vehicle prior to the collision, who observed the collision or who may have dashcam footage of the collision can contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or online at www.opp.ca/reporting. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or www.stthomas-elgincrimestoppers.ca where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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