WATCH: How a bad situation became worse on Highway 401 Friday morning
TORONTO – The eastbound express lanes of Highway 401 at Morningside reopened Friday afternoon following a multi-vehicle collision overnight.
A tractor-trailer burst into flames around 2 a.m. Friday morning after hitting an Ministry of Transportation (MTO) truck and two other vehicles that were involved in cleaning up a previous accident on the highway’s shoulder.
“The first crash came in around 9 p.m. last night between two vehicles,” said Ontario Provincial Police Sergeant Carey Schmidt.
“As they were cleaning up, a transport truck came in a struck one of the blocker trucks, MTO crash trucks, and then it hit one of the tow trucks and this service truck that was cleaning up the diesel in this first collision.”
OPP say the tractor-trailer driver was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries while a worker on scene was also seriously injured.
The eastbound express lanes of Highway 401 at Morningside Drive remains closed for the clean-up operation and traffic will be diverted to the collector lanes at Neilson.