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Serious collision on Highway 401 at Colonel Talbot Road deemed fatal: OPP

Middlesex County OPP investigating a fatal collision on Highway 401 involving a cyclist and a vehicle in the eastbound lane near Colonel Talbot Road, London. August 11, 2022. Sawyer Bogdan / Global News

A serious collision impacting traffic in the eastbound lanes of Highway 401 near London, Ont., Thursday morning has been deemed fatal, according to Middlesex OPP.

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At 5:18 a.m., police responded to a collision on the 401 at Colonel Talbot Road involving a cyclist and a passenger vehicle.

The cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene, OPP said.

Fatal collision on Highway 401 involving a cyclist and a vehicle in the eastbound lane near Colonel Talbot Road, London. August 11, 2022. Sawyer Bogdan / Global News
OPP officers investigating a fatal collision on Highway 401 involving a cyclist and a vehicle in the eastbound lane near Colonel Talbot Road, London. August 11, 2022. Sawyer Bogdan / Global News
Police at the scene of a fatal collision on Highway 401 involving a cyclist and a vehicle in the eastbound lane near Colonel Talbot Road, London. August 11, 2022. Sawyer Bogdan / Global News

The victim’s identity has not been released pending next-of-kin notification.

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OPP said the vehicle was located at another location after reportedly fleeing the scene and the driver was arrested without incident.

The investigation is ongoing.

“We’re not sure what the individual is doing on the highway. But we do know that cyclists and bicycles are not allowed on our 400 series highways in Ontario,” said Middlesex OPP Const. Jeff Hare. “As unfortunate as this is, this is a reminder that cars are travelling at very high speeds out here and they’re not looking for cyclists or pedestrians for that matter.”

The southbound 401 exit ramp at Colonel Talbot Road is now open.

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