Dashcams capture tractor-trailer crashing into Hwy. 401 barrier, bursting into flames

Dashcams captured a tractor-trailer crashing into a highway barrier, resulting in a significant fire on Highway 401. The driver escaped with minor injuries.

By Lucas Casaletto and Michael Talbot

CityNews obtained dashcam footage that captured a tractor-trailer crashing into a barrier on Highway 401 and bursting into flames on Wednesday morning.

A portion of the westbound 401 express lanes was closed for several hours for the complex clean up.

It happened around 3 a.m. near Leslie Street. For a good portion of the morning, the westbound express lanes were closed from Highway 404 to approaching Allen Road and reopened at around 11:30 a.m. The transfer from collector to express approaching Bayview Avenue is still closed.

Despite an ominous scene with heavy flames, the OPP said the driver luckily escaped with just minor injuries.

It’s unclear if any other vehicles were involved in the collision.

In an update, OPP said that the tractor-trailer fire partially damaged the highway, resulting in an extended cleanup. Repairs and restorations are expected to remain ongoing for much of the day.

Photo: CityNews chopper footage.

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