February 26, 2014 7:50 pm
Updated: February 26, 2014 7:57 pm

Section of Hwy. 401 closed for several hours near Cobourg after crash


Watch the video above: Highway maintenance questioned after another pile up in Cobourg. Carey Marsden reports. 

TORONTO – A large section of Highway 401 was closed for several hours Wednesday after a pileup involving at least eight tractor-trailers brought traffic in the eastbound lanes to a halt.

The Ontario Provincial Police say the crash happened at approximately 3:20 a.m. Wednesday and left diesel fuel on the road after the tractor-trailers crashed into each other. Other vehicles ended up in the nearby ditch.

The eastbound lanes of Highway 401 between Cobourg and Grafton were closed for several hours.

Watch: So what’s being done about the highway? Alan Carter reports. 

Despite the large amount of vehicles involved, only one person was hurt, receiving minor injuries. They were treated at a nearby hospital.

Crews from the Ministry of the Environment are on scene inspecting the fuel cleanup and laying down more salt and sand so cars will be able to drive safely on the road.

–        With files from The Canadian Press 

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