Man killed in crash with transport near Thamesford

Provincial police say one man has died following a crash with a transport truck on Highway 2 east of London.

Emergency crews were dispatched to Highway 2 (Dundas Street) west of Hunt Road around 9:30 p.m. after a vehicle and transport truck collided.

The man in the vehicle was pronounced dead on scene. No one was else was injured in the crash.

The deceased has been identified as 22-year-old Ryan McClintic of London.

Highway 2 was closed overnight for the investigation between Cobble Hills Road and 15th Line but reopened around 7 a.m. Wednesday.

The fatal crash is the latest in a string of similar collisions, in fact it's the fifth in the last month in the London area.

OPP Const. Maz Gomez says, "A lot of those occurences are happening because people are entering the live lane of traffic where that commercial motor vehicle is travelling."

West Region OPP statistics show that there were nine fatalities involving heavy trucks in the area in the last six months of 2017, with only one happening on 400-series highways.

In the five months since June of this year there have been 11 fatalities that resulted from collisions with large commercial vehicles, and only two of those were on 400-series highways.

While the most recent crashes happened at all times of day, involved a variety of trucks, with drivers of all ages, there was a commonality - all were on roads they travelled frequently.

Gomez says, "Complacency is probably your worst enemy...Driving is an active task. You need to be fully involved with 100 per cent of your attention, 100 per cent of the time. So don't be complacent on any road, 400 series or county roads."

For the drivers of the trucks involved, the psychological impact can be a life-changing event, says Gus Rahim, president of the Ontario Truck Driving School.

"We do have some that have been in a major accident or there was a fatality, and the driver, basically, stopped driving...It doesn't matter what you drive. If there's a fatality or injury on the other end it's going to stay with you for a long time and it's no different for truck drivers."

Driver enters collision scene

Around 1 a.m., as Middlesex County OPP investigated the fatal crash, officials say a motorist drove around the 'road closed' barriers and entered the collision scene.

When police spoke with the 28-year-old driver, they say they were able to determine that he had consumed alcohol.

He was arrested and charged with driving while ability impaired and driving with more than 80 mgs of alcohol in blood.