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UPDATE: Highway 17 re-opened after multi-transport collision near Kenora

At least five tractor-trailer units involved in collision east of Kenora; no injuries reported, OPP say.
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A collision involving multiple transport trucks closed Highway 17 nearly Highway 71 Wednesday, but there were no reported injuries. (Courtesy NWO-WPG Hwy Info, Facebook)

VERMILION BAY, Ont. -- A stretch of Highway 17 east of Kenora has been reopened after a collision involving numerous transport trucks.

The pileup closed a long section of the Trans-Canada Highway for about 12 hours Wednesday, reopening around 4:30 p.m. Central Time.

There were no reported injuries, according to Ontario Provincial Police.

The accident resulted in the closure of a roughly 70-kilometre stretch of the highway between Vermilion Bay and Highway 71, said OPP Sgt. Jim Davis.

The collision occurred before 5 a.m., just east of Highway 71. It involved at least five tractor-trailer units, Davis said, and caused additional minor collisions.

Highway conditions had been unfavourably slippery, he noted.

The length of the delay in reopening Wednesday was associated with the difficulty of clearing heavy trucks from the roadway.

Note: This article has been updated with new information from the Ontario Provincial Police.


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