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Serious crash closes stretch of Wellington Road through morning commute

London police are investigating an overnight crash along Wellington Road at Frank Place.
London police are investigating an overnight crash along Wellington Road at Frank Place. Jake Jeffrey / 980 CFPL News

Londoners whose daily commute involves taking Wellington Road into the downtown core faced significant obstacles Wednesday morning.

A serious crash overnight along Wellington Road at Frank Place led London police to shut down both directions of the main artery between Base Line Road East and Grand Avenue.

The northbound lanes of Wellington Road re-opened around 11 a.m. while the southbound lanes remain closed.

Officers say they and the London Fire Department responded to the scene around 3:10 a.m. Wednesday to find a vehicle hit a hydro pole. Investigators say only one vehicle was involved and no injuries have been reported.

In the video above, shot by and used with consent from Stephen Testa, flames can be seen coming from the scene of the collision and motorists pulling over as emergency personnel arrive.

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Testa was on his way to work heading south on Wellington Road and could tell there was a power outage of some kind as all the lights were out along his route, but said it was when he reached Grand Avenue that he saw an explosion.

“There were a lot of sparks and the sound that the flames were making made me think it was definitely electrical,” Testa told 980 CFPL. “I could feel the heat and it was quite bright as well.”

“Next time I wouldn’t go that close, I’ll just use the zoom on my phone,” he said with a chuckle.

An image captured by a listener shows a vehicle that came to rest against a hydro pole on Wellington Road at Frank Place.
An image captured by a listener shows a vehicle that came to rest against a hydro pole on Wellington Road at Frank Place. Rich Tait / Facebook

Two small areas remain offline Wednesday morning after an overnight crash involving a vehicle and hydro pole.The collision knocked power out to a large portion of the area even stretching into Wortley Village for a short time. Crews are working to get all customers back online. As of 7 a.m. two small pockets remain offline.

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One small pocket of customers remain without power as of 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.
One small pocket of customers remain without power as of 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. London Hydro

One small pocket of customers remains without hydro, but officials with London Hydro say they should be back online as of 2 p.m. Wednesday.

The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact London police at 519-661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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