Photos of the scene after a crash on the Hwy. 401 near Kenesserie Rd. in Chatham-Kent. (Photos courtesy of Chatham-Kent OPP)

Cable Barriers Credited For Stopping Crossover During Crash

It didn’t take long for the cable barriers that are going up along the Hwy. 401 in Chatham-Kent to get a good test.

OPP say a stretch of the barriers that has been set up near Kenesserie Rd. was tested twice early Saturday morning when it was hit by both a pick-up truck and a transport truck who were going in opposite directions.

Officers say an eastbound pickup truck was carrying an engine at around 12:30am Saturday when the driver lost control of the vehicle because of poor road conditions, hit the centre median cable barrier and rolled over, causing the engine to come out of the back of the truck and spill onto the westbound lanes of the highway.

Police say a westbound tractor trailer then hit the dislodged engine, lost control, and went into the opposite side of the centre median where it also hit the cable barrier.

Investigators say in both cases, the cable barriers stopped the vehicles from potentially crossing over the median into oncoming traffic lanes.

No serious injuries were reported, either.

The westbound lanes of the highway were closed for approximately 12 hours for cleanup.