Overnight tractor-trailer crash causes headaches on Hwy 401 in Mississauga

The truck driver was able to get out safely after a crash and fire on the WB 401 near Winston Churchill Blvd.

An overnight crash and fire on Highway 401 in Mississauga caused major problems Tuesday morning.

Ontario Provincial Police say a transport truck travelling westbound on the highway near Winston Churchill Blvd. crashed before 1 a.m.

The road has been shut down since.

Police say the vehicle struck a guardrail separating the highway from a construction zone entrance before catching fire.

The driver was able to get out of the vehicle uninjured.

The fire lasted for a few hours before it was put out but it left the road badly damaged.

OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt says diesel from the truck has eaten through the asphalt leaving it “soft and mushy.”

Crews had to grind and repave westbound lanes between Mississauga Rd. and Winston Churchill Blvd.

The road was supposed to reopen at 10 a.m.



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