Serious multi-vehicle collision at Highway 3 and the Arner Town Line

Provincial police say charges are pending after a crash on Highway 3 involving a pickup truck, two cars and a dump truck.

Three people were taken to hospital with minor injuries, including a firefighter who responded to the scene.

The crash, involving a Coco Paving dump truck, happened around 11:15 a.m. at the Arner Townline intersection.

Police didn't say Tuesday what kind of injuries the crash victims suffered. Essex fire department Chief Ed Pillon said the firefighter was connecting a hose on the departments extrication equipment when hydraulic fluid squirted into his eyes. He was taken to hospital as a precaution.

OPP Const. Aaron McPhail said the investigation was ongoing late Tuesday afternoon and charges were pending. He didn't say what caused the crash.

Highway 3 was shut down between the Arner Townline and Victoria Avenue for about two hours as emergency crews tended to victims and hauled away crumpled vehicles.

Police directed motorists off of the highway and into the Town of Essex.

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