Transport slides in Highway 401 ditch

SD&G O.P.P. and tow trucks on the scene of a tractor-trailer crash on Highway 401 in the eastbound lanes, just west of the Post Road overpass, on Feb. 4, 2015. The driver was not injured. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL/LONG SAULT – A tractor-trailer slid in the ditch on Highway 401 in the eastbound lanes this morning (Wednesday).

South Stormont firefighters and police were called to the scene just after 9 a.m., which was at mile marker 782, a few hundred meters west of the Post Road overpass.

Milder temperatures and a combination of wet flurries have made Highway 401 and other major highways a soupy, slippery mess.

This is the third tractor-trailer crash in as many days on Highway 401 in the Cornwall-area.

A crash Tuesday morning involving a rig and a car between McConnell Avenue and Boundary Road took the lives of two men.

On Monday night, a tractor-trailer flipped on its side in the ditch a few hundred meters away on the same stretch of highway.

An SD&G O.P.P. officer speaks with the truck driver after a single vehicle crash in the eastbound lanes of Highway 401 near the Post Road overpass on Feb. 4, 2015. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)
An SD&G O.P.P. officer speaks with the truck driver after a single vehicle crash in the eastbound lanes of Highway 401 near the Post Road overpass on Feb. 4, 2015. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)

Removal of vehicles

The O.P.P. will be helping tow truck drivers with sporadic lane closures on Highway 401 today (Wednesday) across SD&G as they remove vehicles that went in the ditch Tuesday.

Motorists are being urged to drive with care and to watch for emergency personnel on the highway in various locations.

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