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OPP investigating collision that closed Highway 401 for over five hours

Firefighters extinguished a tractor-trailer fire after a collision on Highway 401 over the weekend. Photo by Penny Cadue.

In the early hours of Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, a collision between a vehicle and a transport truck near Highway 15 on Highway 401 caused a fire and subsequent road closure.

At 12:30 a.m. on the above date, Frontenac Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a fully engulfed transport truck on Highway 401 near Highway 15, according to a release from OPP. Investigation revealed a vehicle, travelling the wrong way on the highway, struck the transport truck.

The driver of the other motor vehicle was seen fleeing on foot. OPP K9 Unit and the Emergency Response Team attended and performed a search with negative results, according to the release. The area was closed for over five hours as the vehicles were removed and the road was cleaned up. 

Fire engulfed a transport truck after a vehicle travelling the wrong way on Highway 401 struck the truck early Monday morning. Photo by Lucas Mulder.

The transport truck driver did not sustain any injuries. OPP said the investigation is ongoing, and police would like to hear from any witnesses who may have information related to this incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call South Frontenac OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS) where callers may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000 or submit a tip to Crime Stoppers at www.ontariocrimestoppers.ca.

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