Tanker trucks exploded on Highway 400

Photographer: Lorenzo Cafaro

Photographer: Lorenzo Cafaro


“A fatal, 14-vehicle pileup that killed at least three people and left Highway 400 about an hour north of Toronto littered with “tangled, twisted metal” may have been caused by an inattentive transport truck driver, police said Wednesday,” wrote CBC News on November 1, 2017.

CBC News continued, “The chain reaction of collisions started around 11:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, when a transport truck slammed into the back of another large truck that was stopped at the end of a long line of traffic in the northbound lanes. Two fully loaded tanker trucks, three other commercial vehicles and multiple cars were involved in the crash that ensued.

Immediately following the initial collision, a series of explosions sent fireballs into the night sky, witness video shows. 

“The vehicles are completely destroyed, melted into the asphalt,” said Sgt. Kerry Schmidt of the Ontario Provincial Police’s highway safety division.

Early indications are that “potentially, an inattentive vehicle — potentially a fuel tanker approaching northbound to slow or stopped traffic, smashed into the back of the queued traffic,” Schmidt said.”

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