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Updated: Hwy. 69/400 now fully reopened after Thursday's crashes

Chemical spill closed highway, and then OPP cruiser struck while conducting traffic control
highway 69 hazardous waste accident
Tractor-trailer hazardous waste accident on Highway 69. Photo courtesy Jason Whiteley.

Updated Dec. 7 at 7:40 a.m.

Highway 69/400 is now fully reopened after the two crashes that closed the highway on Thursday, according to a tweet from the OPP issued just before 2 a.m. Friday.

Original story:

West Parry Sound OPP closed the southbound lanes on Highway 69 near Key River on Dec. 6 after a commerical vehicle carrying chemicals was involved in a motor vehicle collision.

Shortly before 6 a.m. on Dec. 6, a member of the West Parry Sound Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police responded to a motor vehicle collision involving two commercial motor vehicles resulting in a chemical spill on the Key River Bridge. 

The responding officer was exposed to a potentially hazardous chemical and was transported to hospital by Parry Sound Emergency Medical Services for precautionary medical assessment. Highway 69 southbound lanes were closed as a result of the crash.  

A second officer was conducting traffic control on Highway 400 near Parry Sound because of the crash at Key River. While in her cruiser with all emergency lights activated, she was hit by a northbound vehicle. 

The officer received serious injuries and was also transported to hospital by EMS. The driver of the other vehicle was not injured.  

The crash is still under investigation and the northbound lanes on Highway 400 remain closed. There is no threat to public safety at this time. 

OPP Highway Safety Division Units are at the scene and also assisting is the Ontario Fire Marshall specifically the Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit, the Britt Fire Department, North Bay Fire and Hazmat Unit and the Parry Sound District Ambulance Service. 

The commercial vehicle drivers were not injured. Information will be released as it becomes available.  

Detours for northbound traffic on Highway 69 take Highway 124 to Highway 11 and for southbound traffic on Highway 69 take Highway 522 to Highway 11.