Police say it was lucky no one was killed after two wheels from a dump truck came loose and barreled into rush hour traffic on Highway 401 Monday morning.
A CityNews viewer named Kirk captured the terrifying scene with a dash-cam and submitted it through CityNews.ca. (Submit your stories here)
The video shows the truck wobbling, before the tires burst and roll across the eastbound lanes near Leslie St. at around 8 a.m.
“He was lucky there was no one beside him because that (wheel) exploded pretty violently,” Kirk said. “I saw it come off…and it just went straight across the lanes…”
By law, trucks are inspected every 13 months, but drivers are supposed to perform visual checks daily.
Police say it’s too soon to say if charges will be laid in this case.
“We are lucky that there wasn’t anyone injured or killed,” Const. Clint Stibbe told CityNews. “It’s very concerning.”
In 2011 a flying truck tire claimed the life of a 53-year-old woman on the QEW, and police are warning drivers to remain vigilant when it comes to inspections.
Fines for losing a tire can range anywhere from $2000 to $50,000.