The Ontario Provincial Police say a woman has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after the wheel of another vehicle came crashing into her windshield on Highway 400 north of Highway 89 near Innisfil.
OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said a vehicle was travelling northbound on Highway 400 when the front fire came flying off and bounced into the southbound lanes striking the windshield of another car injuring the driver.
Officials said the tire came off a vehicle being driven by an off-duty Toronto police officer.
The southbound and northbound lanes of Highway 400 were closed at the time of the collision. All lanes of Highway 400 have been reopened, Schmidt said.
Ornge air ambulance landed on the highway and transported a 29-year-old woman from Barrie suffering serious injuries to a trauma centre.
According to Schmidt, the woman’s injuries are non-life-threatening, and she will make a full recovery. She suffered facial fractures.
Ornge said this is at least the third response from their crews in the last month involving tires separating from vehicles.
Schmidt said there are several vehicles pulled over, including the white vehicle that lost its front tire. After the tire struck the vehicle travelling southbound, it bounced into a ditch off the highway.
According to Schmidt, the tire still hasn’t been located.