Crash Involving Fire Vehicles Closes 402

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Lambton OPP say a multi-vehicle crash that included emergency response vehicles closed a section of the westbound 402 Tuesday night.

Police say the collision took place around 7:30pm in the westbound lanes just west of Oil Heritage Rd. with as many as eight transport trucks and two fire service vehicles involved.

One OPP cruiser was struck while it was at a traffic point diverting traffic off of the highway at Oil Heritage Rd. The OPP officer was not injured. Two of the responding fire service vehicles became involved in the actual multiple vehicle collision.

Lambton Emergency Medical Services transported five people to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, including three Wyoming volunteer firefighters.

OPP, EMS, Camlachie and Plympton-Wyoming and Petrolia firefighters all responded to the scene.

Police say the westbound lanes of the 402 between Oil Heritage Rd. and Mandaumin Rd. were expected to remain closed until at least 1am. OPP reported glare ice on that stretch of highway and were urging drivers to slowdown and adjust to the conditions.

Traffic on the westbound 402 was being diverted off at Oil Heritage Rd. but could re-enter the 402 at the Mandaumin Rd. on-ramp. The highway was re-opened to traffic just before 5:30 Wednesday morning.

The arrival of a cold front Tuesday brought off lake bursts of snow reducing visibility at times, very cold temperatures and strong winds that made road surfaces windswept and icy.