Construction Zones Require More Attention

By Janine Belanger

(CHATHAM-KENT, ON) – On August 4, the Chatham-Kent OPP was kept busy throughout the day, responding to three separate traffic-related incidents, all occurring in the single westbound lane of the construction zone on Highway 401.

One incident was a collision involving injuries. Long traffic delays occurred as a result, and the highway was closed westbound periodically throughout the day.

Just before 8:30 am, officers responded to a collision involving two vehicles near the Tilbury On Route Service Centre. The collision occurred when the driver of a Jeep Cherokee braked to avoid a collision with a tractor trailer which made a sudden lane change.

A Dodge Caravan struck the rear of the Jeep, but no contact was made with the tractor trailer by either of the vehicles. The tractor trailer did not stop and continued westward and has not been located.

The female driver of the Jeep and the male driver of the Dodge were both transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Shortly after 1:00 pm, OPP officers were called to the same area for a wide load escort that was stuck in the westbound lane. The highway was closed for approximately two hours to facilitate the removal of the vehicle.

A short time later, just before 4:00 pm, police were again in the same locale, this time for a tractor trailer that was broken down in the westbound lane of travel. And again, long delays resulted.

No charges resulted in any of the incidents.

Chatham-Kent OPP is urging motorists to exercise patience as they are traveling through the construction zone, and to allow plenty of room between them and the vehicle ahead of them.

The construction is expected to continue through to the end of November.

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Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata
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