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One dead following 401 collision

By Fallon Hewitt, Chatham This Week

Both the westbound and eastbound lanes of the highway remain closed although the westbound is expected to reopen at 11 a.m., OPP said. File photo/Postmedia Network

Both the westbound and eastbound lanes of the highway remain closed although the westbound is expected to reopen at 11 a.m., OPP said. File photo/Postmedia Network

One person is dead following the collision of two tractor-trailer trucks on Highway 401 near Tilbury this morning and another driver has been rushed to hospital, Chatham-Kent OPP confirm.

Both the westbound and eastbound lanes of the highway remain closed although the westbound is expected to reopen at 11 a.m., OPP said.

The eastbound lane, meanwhile, is expected to be closed for another six hours, said Const. Jay Denorer, media relation officer for the Chatham-Kent detachment.

He said a single tractor-trailer was travelling west on the 401 when it lost control at approximately 6:55 a.m., crossed the center median, striking another tractor-trailer truck that was travelling east.

Both drivers were taken to hospital but one since died.

Denorer confirmed that the highway, Canada’s largest and busiest, is closed eastbound at County Rd. 42 and westbound at Queens Line near Tilbury.

The OPP is asking drivers to follow the detour routes, as signs have been put up.

Travelling east, drivers can exit at County Rd. 42, and follow the detour signs.

For drivers heading west, a detour has been set up at Queens Line, with drivers being asked to follow the detour signs.

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