The female driver of a tractor-trailer that crashed on Hwy. 401 near Chatham Saturday has been upgraded to stable condition, Chatham-Kent OPP said early Sunday evening.
Police added the investigation is ongoing and that unspecified charges are expected to be laid in the crash which occurred on the highway around 3 p.m. just west of Bloomfield Rd.
According to investigators, a westbound tractor-trailer crossed the centre median, travelled across the highway’s eastbound lanes, rolled over, and came to rest in the south ditch. The truck was carrying rubber retread at the time, and the rollover caused the load to spill out into the ditch, police said.
The crash caused the lone female driver of the transport to be partially ejected and pinned under the truck, police said. They were taken to hospital in Chatham for life-threatening injuries and were later air-lifted to hospital in London for advanced care.
It’s not yet known what caused the collision, and police have not elaborated on what charges are expected to be laid.
The collision shut down both directions of the highway for several hours for police investigation.