Tow trucks, police clean up after flash freeze on Highway 401

(Newswatch Group/File)

SOUTH STORMONT – Tow truck operators, working with SD&G O.P.P., were out on Highway 401 Friday, cleaning up from a flash freeze event the night before.

SD&G O.P.P. Const. Joel Doiron tells Cornwall Newswatch there were 20 crashes alone in a short period of time in South Stormont as vehicles spun out on black ice and landed in the ditch.

Three tractor-trailers were also involved in those mishaps.

The westbound lanes of the highway were closed here from just after 7 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Thursday night.

The icing of the roads wasn’t exclusive to South Stormont, as Doiron says there were 10 crashes in South Dundas, five in South Glengarry and a couple on Highway 417.

Doiron says, fortunately in all cases, there were no injuries.

MTO was dispatched to the scene and salted the highway before it reopened.

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