The E/B lanes of the 401 at Colonel Talbot Road North are down to one lane as Hazmat teams investigate an unknown substance on the side of the road.
UPDATE: All E/B lanes are open at Colonel Talbot Road. Police want to thank everyone for their patience. Still no word what the substance was.
UPDATE - All eastbound lanes are open on #Hwy401 at Colonel Tablot Road. The #OPP would like to thank everyone for their patience. Please #DriveSafely and get home safe to your family. @MiddlesexCentre #MiddlesexOPP ^es— OPP West Region (@OPP_WR) November 12, 2021
LONDON - Hazmat teams are investigating a strange substance located just east of Colonel Talbot Road North on the 401 near London.
The London Fire Department is handling the investigation. Traffic is moving through the area, however it is very slow. Acting Sergeant Ed Sanchuk says expect delays.
"Right now if you are travelling on the 401, you can expect delays as the highway has been put down to one lane. Traffic is getting by but I can tell you right now, it is backed up for a few miles. Please have patience with us as we continue to investigate this substance. The London Fire Department Hazmat team are the experts here and they are continuing to investigate."
Sanchuk is asking everyone to please focus on driving and not the first responders.
Expect delays for the next hour in the eastbound lanes of #Hwy401 just east of Colonel Talbot Rd North as #OPP and @LdnOntFire HAZMAT investigate a substance located on the side of the roadway. Please focus on driving and NOT on #FirstResponders. #MiddlesexOPP ^es pic.twitter.com/8YLmlLgs9o— OPP West Region (@OPP_WR) November 12, 2021