Area Crashes Keep OPP Busy

Tuesday December 17th, 2013

Posted at 9:46pm

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Essex County OPP officers were kept busy Tuesday with several collisions throughout Essex County.

The first happened early this morning just before 7am when a tractor trailer experienced mechanical problems on Highway 3 just west of Howard Avenue in the City of Windsor, causing the closure of both east and westbound lanes. The road remained closed for several hours while the trailer was unloaded and removed from the roadway. There were no charges laid in that incident.

Then, just after noon, a vehicle was travelling eastbound on Highway 401 just east of Manning Road in Tecumseh when it lost control and spun out into the path of an eastbound tractor trailer. The vehicle came to rest in the center lane of the highway. The driver of the vehicle was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. That crash remains under investigation.

In a separate collision in the same location, an SUV was travelling eastbound in the center lane when it slowed to avoid the stopped vehicle involved in the previous crash. The SUV swerved to avoid a collision causing the tractor trailer that was directly behind the SUV to do the same. The vehicles collided but no one was injured. There were no charges laid in that crash.

The at approximately 1:15pm a flatbed truck was travelling eastbound on Essex County Road 18 at Essex County Road 31 in Leamington. The truck stopped at the stop sign and subsequently pulled out and struck a northbound Volkswagen causing it to leave the roadway and strike a utility pole.

The driver of the Volkswagen was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the truck, a Leamington man, was not injured but was charged with Failing to Yield to Traffic on Through Highway under the Highway Traffic Act.

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