A five-vehicle chain reaction crash on Hwy. 401 causes traffic delays in Chatham-Kent, August 10, 2017. (Photo courtesy of the OPP)

Politician Calls For 401 Safety Upgrades

The MPP for Chatham-Kent-Essex wants the province to make Hwy. 401 in the region safer.

Rick Nicholls wants to add a median barrier through Chatham-Kent and see the highway expanded from four to six lanes.

“The number of accidents on the 401, especially between London and Chatham, has increased drastically over this past summer,” says Nicholls. “So we are again petitioning the government to come good on a 2007 election promise to, in fact, widen that stretch of highway.”

Nicholls says a fatal collision in August really drives the point home. Londoner Sarah Payne, 42, and her 5-year-old daughter Freya were killed when a pick-up truck crossed the centre line and collided with the minivan they were in.

“There’s been too many crossovers, and of course, unfortunately the mother and daughter, who were killed instantly when a pick up truck crossed the 401 median up near Dutton,” he says.

For more information on the petition, CLICK HERE.