A chain-reaction crash on the 401 westbound in Thames Centre snarled rush-hour traffic and sent five people to hospital.
It was just after 5 p.m. Monday when OPP say a white Ford pickup driven by a 21-year-old London man collided with a silver Honda car in the fast lane near the Dorchester Road off-ramp, prompting a chain reaction crash that left the highway closed until 7:30 p.m.
The Honda and an additional six vehicles involved in the crash had been merging due to lane restrictions from nearby construction, and had either been stopped or travelling very slowly.
After the Ford pickup first hit the silver Honda, that car then hit the back of a white Honda car, which then struck a blue Dodge car, which hit a white Volvo transport truck.
The white Honda car also hit a brown Porcshe car which rear-ended a white Nissan car which then struck a silver Ford SUV.
“I’m certain it was difficult for the people that were in the immediate area and obviously the people that were involved in the crash,” Cst. Liz Melvin tells AM980.
“So I appreciate all the patience that people showed. We did put a detour in place and given the time of day it was probably very difficult for those people that unfortunately were involved in the area.”
The eight vehicles involved in the crash were carrying a total of eleven people; five people were taken to hospital with non life threatening injuries including a 65-year-old London man who had to be extricated from the silver Honda.
OPP have since charged the 21-year-old London man in the white Ford pickup with careless driving.