Highway 401 Reopens After Snow Squalls

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West Region OPP is asking motorists approaching London to slow down after the area was hit by snow squalls that contributed to multiple collisions on a slippery Highway 401 eastbound at Highbury Avenue, with more snow expected through the day.

The London Free Press reported multiple pileups at two closed sections of the 401 one in London, the other near Ingersoll Saturday morning as the region got hit with snow. Both sections were reopened by 1 p.m.

More than 20 vehicles are believed to have been involved in the crash at Highbury. Police closed a stretch of the highway between Highbury and Veterans Memorial Parkway at 10 a.m.

Around the same time, Oxford OPP responded to a crash involving at least a dozen vehicles near Ingersoll that closed the eastbound lanes at Plank Line.

Seven people were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries in the chain of crashes that started with a jack-knifed transport truck, police said.

Environment Canada says as much as 15 cm of snow is expected in the area with snow squalls expected to intensify Saturday afternoon.