First snow keeps West Region OPP busyNovember 7, 2019 5:34pm
The first sign of snow made for a very busy day for West Region OPP Thursday.
By mid-afternoon provincial police had reported 74 collisions since 6 a.m.
Since 6 a.m., there have been 74 collisions across #OPP West Region, as the first taste of winter appears to have caught drivers unprepared. Slow down and adjust your driving to the weather conditions.This is the first snowfall, but it won't be the last. #SeeSnowGoSlow pic.twitter.com/oAwJIVHCu7
— OPP West (@OPP_WR) November 7, 2019
In Lambton County there was a five vehicle collision in the southbound lanes on Highway 40 between Churchill Road and Lasalle Line Thursday morning. No injuries were reported.
Police also responded to a second separate crash involving two vehicles in the same general area but in the northbound lanes of Highway 40.
Police say several collisions occurred on slippery roads in the same area between 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday afternoon at about 4:30 p.m. OPP say an SUV rear-ended a pickup truck pulling a cargo trailer in a construction zone on westbound Highway 402 near Oil Heritage Road. The highway was already reduced to a single lane for construction but the crash caused a complete closure for about 30 minutes. One driver was charged.
Police urge motorists to slow down and adjust to winter driving conditions.
Heavy snow is expected Thursday night into Friday due to lake effect snow squalls.