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Several dead, huge fireball part of Highway 400 pileup

02 November, 2017, 01:10 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Fire crews respond to a multi-vehicle crash on Hwy. 400 near Bradford Ont. on Oct. 31 2017

Gallant was on the scene of the first collision when he said two fuel tanker trucks and at least three transport trucks collided just before 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, setting off a devastating chain reaction.

Initial police reports were that at least two people had died, but by late morning November 1 a Toronto media outlet reported that a third person was confirmed dead.

The crash, which involved two fuel tanker trucks, caused a huge fire. "People were running for their lives to not be encompassed by the moving fire that was on the highway".

Firefighters let the fuel burn itself out for two and a half hours before tackling any remaining hot spots, Schmidt said. Schmidt says thousands of litres of fuel were burnt and more spilled onto the highway and surrounding area.

"The transport truck literally rolled right up the vehicle transport", the man said.

Several people were rushed to hospital but their injuries are not life-threatening.

The cause of the collision is still under investigation, but Hawkes appeared to be laying the blame on the transport truck's driver. "400) up at Highway 9", Schmidt said.

Members of the OPP's emergency response team are now on scene searching the charred vehicles and Schmidt said that forensics officials will likely help with the identification of victims.

"About 40 minutes before this collision occurred, there was another three-vehicle collision that occurred just a short distance further north", Schmidt said on Breakfast Television.

Hawkes said that collisions involving transport trucks only represent about 12 per cent of crashes on Ontario highways but account for 25 per cent of all fatalities.

As recently as last week, provincial police were highlighting the risky nature of accidents involving commercial transport trucks. "An absolute chaotic scene and we're going to be here pretty much the entire day".

This video, taken by an onlooker on Highway 400 between Highways 88 and 89 near Bradford West Gwillimbury, showed flames erupting from the scene. 400 near Barrie due to a fatal 14-vehicle crash.



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