Crash shuts down eastbound Hwy. 401 near Cobourg
Published Wednesday, February 26, 2014 7:03AM EST Last Updated Wednesday, February 26, 2014 9:36AM EST
Ontario Provincial Police say at least eight tractor trailers were involved in a chain-reaction crash that has shut down a section of Highway 401 east of the GTA.
The highway's eastbound lanes are closed at Burnham Street in Cobourg after the collision occurred between Cobourg and Grafton at about 3:20 a.m. Wednesday.
Weather and visibility were poor at the time of the pileup, police said.
Paramedics transported one person to hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Until the vehicles are removed, eastbound motorists are being detoured via Baltimore Road, County Road 22 and County Road 23 (Lyle Street), OPP said.
The 14-kilometre stretch of the eastbound lanes will be closed for several hours to remove the vehicles and clean up a diesel fuel spill.
To prevent other traffic-related problems, police are urging people to stay on the designated detour route and avoid going off on their own routes.
This is the latest chain-reaction crash to occur east of the GTA this winter.
OPP have responded to a handful of multi-vehicle pileups that have occurred in near whiteout conditions.
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