AYR, Ont. -- A transport truck travelling on the eastbound lanes of Highway 401 has crashed into a guardrail and driven off the highway, landing fully submerged in the Nith River, according to a report from CTV News.
The single-vehicle crash occurred shortly before noon today in Oxford County, just west of Ayr. According to CTV News’ report, the cab of the truck could not be seen from above water by 1 p.m.
Water and ice rescue crews from Woodstock were dispatched to the scene of the crash, which OPP say has turned from a rescue mission into a recovery mission.
Officials say an air ambulance was dispatched to the scene, but left without a patient with no plans to return.
Eastbound lanes of the 401 are closed in the area and westbound lanes are open but with slow traffic, CTV reported.