Hwy 401 reopened following serious motorcycle crash near Thames Centre

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(THAMES CENTRE, ON) – On July 22, 2017, at approximately 10:30 a.m., members of the Middlesex County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Middlesex-London Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and the Thames Centre Fire Service responded to a motorcycle collision on Provincial Highway 401.

The investigation, thus far, has revealed that a motorcycle was travelling eastbound on Highway 401, between Dorchester Road and Elgin Road, when it suddenly suffered mechanical failure, causing the operator to lose control and causing it to crash.

The motorcycle was occupied by two (2) riders. Both persons were transported to hospital by land ambulance. The driver has suffered non-life-threatening injuries and the passenger has suffered life-threatening injuries. No other information is available about the riders. The motorcycle came to rest on the highway.

Provincial Highway 401, eastbound, between Dorchester Road and Elgin Road was closed for approximately three (3) hours for the investigation. Highway 401 has since reopened.

“The preliminary investigative findings suggest that tire failure may have been a factor in the collision.” – says Constable Max Gomez, Middlesex County OPP.

The OPP Technical Collision Investigators and the Middlesex County OPP continue to investigate.

There is no update on the status of injuries for the riders involved.

A second update will be provided when information becomes available.