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Highway 11 re-opens after car takes out guardrail

By Patrick Bales, The Orillia Packet & Times

A single vehicle collision left a large portion of the guardrail on Highway 11 at Line 11 destroyed, causing the highway to be shut down for nearly two hours at the start of the cottage crawl Sunday afternoon.

A single vehicle collision left a large portion of the guardrail on Highway 11 at Line 11 destroyed, causing the highway to be shut down for nearly two hours at the start of the cottage crawl Sunday afternoon.

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The drive home for thousands of motorists got off to an extra slow start, as Highway 11 was shut down through Oro-Medonte for nearly two hours Sunday afternoon between Barrie and Orillia.

A single vehicle collision just north of Line 11, on the southbound lanes of the Highway took out about 35 feet of guardrail, right at the curve in the road before the Line 11 overpass.

Barrie OPP has not reported on if any charges are pending from the incident. There is also no word if anyone was injured in the crash.

The gaping hole in the guardrail forced the OPP to shut down the road until repairs could be made. Traffic backed up for several kilometres, particularly southbound, as motorists in both directions were detoured off the highway. Northbound traffic was sent via the Ridge Road at Line 11, while southbound lanes were cut off at Line 12.

Both directions were re-opened just before 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Traffic was predictably heavy in both directions.