Charges were laid after a transport smashed into the back of a snowplough on the 401 on Friday.

Chatham-Kent OPP officals say on February 9, 2018, around 11:45 a.m. officers responded to a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) collision on Highway 401 near Kent Bridge Road.

Investigation revealed a westbound Commercial Motor Vehicle allegedly collided into the back of a snow-removal vehicle, causing the snow-removal vehicle to enter the centre median and roll onto its side.

Both drivers were treated for minor injuries, police say.

As a result, the male driver, a 62-year-old from Chatham, has been charged with careless driving contrary to the Highway Traffic Act.

Snow-removal vehicles on public roadways are equipped with flashing blue lights that can be seen from 150 metres, police say.

Flashing blue lights warn you of wide and slow-moving vehicles: some snow plows have a wing that extends as far as three metres to the right of the vehicle.

“On freeways, several snow plows may be staggered across the road, clearing all lanes at the same time by passing a ridge of snow from plow to plow. Do not try to pass between them, OPP officials said in a press release.

“This is extremely dangerous because there is not enough room to pass safely, and the ridge of wet snow can throw your vehicle out of control.”

Visit http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/ontario-511/winter-highway-materials-technology.shtml to find out more Winter Highway Maintenance: Equipment, Materials and Technology.

– Photo credit: OPP