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Man, 24, dies after flying wheel hits vehicle on Hwy. 401

Last Updated Aug 12, 2020 at 5:33 pm EDT

A 24-year-old man has died after a flying wheel from the trailer of a pickup truck struck a minivan in Scarborough.

It happened on the eastbound Highway 401 express lanes near Markham Road on Wednesday morning.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. He has been identified as Christian Romero-Mancilla of Toronto

OPP Acting Sgt. Dan Hunter said a pickup truck was towing a flat-bed trailer in the westbound lanes, when one of the trailer’s tires detached and crossed over into the eastbound express lanes, hitting the vehicle.

The pickup truck was located and police are speaking with the driver.

Hunter said the pickup truck with attached trailer is being treated as a commercial vehicle.

The express lanes were closed from Warden to Morningside avenues but have since reopened.