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Toronto man, 56, dies after his stalled car rear-ended by tractor-trailer

Last Updated Dec 11, 2017 at 12:59 pm EDT

A driver of a car died after a crash involving a tractor-trailer on the westbound Highway 401 at Martin Grove Road on Dec. 11, 2017. Photo credit: TWITTER/@OPP_HSD

One man is dead after a crash involving a car and a tractor-trailer on Highway 401 at Martin Grove Road.

The crash happened around 5:20 a.m. on Monday.

It appears a car slowed down or stopped when it was rear-ended by the tractor-trailer, which was carrying steel plates.

Paramedics said the driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim is a 56-year-old Toronto man. His name has not been released.

The westbound lanes were closed at Martin Grove for several hours, but reopened just after 10:15 a.m.

The crash comes as the OPP is cracking down on unsafe trucks. A safety blitz targeting commercial vehicles started at 8:30 a.m.

Police have responded to a number of crashes involving large trucks this fall — including one on Highway 400 last month that involved four big rigs and left three people dead.