The fatalities occurred in the first accident, a multi-vehicle collision which took place around 8:30 a.m. in the west bound lanes of Highway 402 (just west of Oil Heritage Road). The road was closed until about 9 a.m. today (Friday, Feb. 28).
Post-mortem examinations are scheduled for today to determine the cause of death.
A total of 37 vehicles, made up of tractor trailers and passenger vehicles, were involved in the first collision, one of three that took place during a short period on that stretch of the highway.
The second series of collisions, involving six vehicles, took place on Highway 402 near Waterworks Road. There were no injuries reported.
The third, a four-vehicle collision, took place on Highway 402 near Camlachie Road. Again, there were no injuries reported.
OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigators, OPP West Region Mobile Command Post, Wyoming and Camlachie Fire Services, Lambton Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Lambton Victim Services, Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO), local towing companies, Hull Bus Line, and Carillion Canada (highway maintenance) all responded to assist in this major event.
As well, the Sarnia truck centre at Reeces Corners and the Wyoming agriculture buildings were used and staffed by OPP and Victim Services as warming centres for over 30 persons evacuated from the first collision. These locations were closed February 27, 2014 after the last person was assisted.