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Niagara-bound QEW reopens after truck fire shuts down highway in Grimsby

Ontario Provincial Police say the truck caught fire as it was travelling on the QEW at about 9:30 a.m. Friday.
Ontario Provincial Police say the truck caught fire as it was travelling on the QEW at about 9:30 a.m. Friday. OPP / File

The Niagara-bound QEW in Grimsby has  reopened after a transport truck fire halted westbound traffic.

Ontario Provincial Police Const. Rob Visconti said the truck caught fire as it was travelling on the highway at about 9:30 a.m. Friday.

There were delays until O.P.P. finally reopened the right lane and cleared the scene at about 4 p.m.

Visconti said the driver managed to escape without injury.

He added that the truck was carrying more than 4,000 kilograms of empty plastic bottles.

Visconti also said the water dumped by the local fire department had frozen and needed to be cleaned up before all westbound lanes could be reopened between Christie Street and Bartlett Road.

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The delay was an added complication for thousands of Canadians with tickets to the World Junior Hockey Championships in Buffalo.

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