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West Region OPP report around 200 crashes in less than 24 hours

West Region OPP are reminding drivers to slow down during winter weather after there were 90 percent more collisions last night than usual.
West Region OPP are reminding drivers to slow down during winter weather after there were 90 percent more collisions last night than usual. Don Mitchell / Global News

The recent bout of heavy snow has been taking its toll on the roadways, resulting in a dramatic increase in the number of collisions.

West Region Ontario Provincial Police are reminding drivers to slow down during winter weather after there were 90 per cent more collisions in the region last night than usual.

READ MORE: Tough commute for London amid blowing snow advisory, bus cancellations

Since 6 p.m. on Feb. 26, West Region OPP said there have been around 200 collisions, some causing serious injury.

That’s compared to a typical night where the average is 20.

“We are encouraging drivers to remember their winter driving behaviours because it’s so incredibly important when the conditions are less than an idea,” said Derek Rogers, Media Relations Coordinator for West Region OPP.

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“We have had spring-like conditions for some time now, and we get this blast of winter, so perhaps some drivers have forgotten the winter driving conditions.”

Chatham Kent OPP say one man has been airlifted to a London hospital with life-threatening injures following a crash on Highway 401.

Police say two transport trucks were involved in the collision in the westbound lanes of Highway 401 east of Tilbury.

All westbound lanes of Highway 401 between the Tilbury South ONRoute and Mill Street remain closed as the investigation continues.

Rogers is reminding all drivers to slow down and give other vehicles plenty of space, so there is enough time to respond to situations on the road.

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