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Thursday August 10th, 2017

Posted at 4:37pm

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Last updated: Friday August 11th, 12:47pm

Charges have been laid after a crash, Thursday afternoon, on the 401 in Chatham-Kent.

The five vehicle chain reaction collision happened around 3:45pm and closed the east bound lanes at Bloomfield Road and the west bound lanes at Kent Bridge Road for several hours.

Police said that due to slow moving traffic in the construction zone an eastbound tractor trailer stopped causing the following tractor trailer to come to a safe stop. A third tractor trailer collided into the back of the second tractor trailer causing the second tractor trailer to collide into the first tractor trailer.

Two motor vehicles then collided into the back of the third tractor trailer. In total, five vehicles sustained damage, three of them serious, and all had to be towed from the scene. Minor injuries were reported.

As a result the male driver of the transport truck, Kulwant Virk, 51-years-old of Brampton, Ontario has been charged with careless driving.

Graham Clayton, 69-years-old of Windsor and Jason Hearn, 35-years-old of St. Thomas have been charged with following too closely.

During the cleanup of the scene, an eastbound tractor trailer attempted to use the centre median, near the Charing Cross overpass, to turn around and became stuck resulting in more resources having to attend to safely remove the vehicle and also resulted in an added delay in opening the highway.

As a result, the male driver, Vishnu Vulpala, 25-years-old of Scarborough, Ontario has been charged with careless driving, failure to maintain a daily log, and failure to enter required information in daily log at the end of the day.

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