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1 dead after wheel collides with vehicles on the QEW in Oakville

Click to play video: 'Wheel flies off boat trailer on highway killing 77-year-old man'
Wheel flies off boat trailer on highway killing 77-year-old man
WATCH ABOVE: OPP are investigating after a tire from a boat trailer attached to a pickup truck dislodged on the QEW at Winston Churchill Boulevard, killing an elderly driver travelling in the opposite direction. Brittany Rosen reports – Oct 18, 2022

A 77-year-old man is dead after a wheel flew off a trailer and struck several cars while driving on the QEW in Oakville Tuesday afternoon, according to OPP.

In a social media post just after 1 p.m., Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said the wheel came off a westbound vehicle and struck three others travelling eastbound near Winston Chruchill Boulevard.

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“OPP are currently on scene along with fire, paramedics, and the MTO,” Schmidt said.

“We have a full highway closure of the QEW Toronto bound at Ford drive. All traffic is being forced off. The westbound QEW remains open at this time.”

OPP closed all eastbound lanes of the QEW in Oakville bound for Toronto early afternoon on Oct. 18, 2022 due to a fatal collision. Global News

Schmidt says the dead driver was from Oakville and in the first car hit by the tire, believed to have come off of an empty boat trailer being hauled by a truck.

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The QEW closure extended between Ford Drive and Trafalgar Road due to evidence believed to be relevant to the ongoing investigation.

The roadway reopened just after 4 p.m.

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A collision reconstruction team have also recovered the trailer as part of their ongoing probe.

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