Fiery Crash Closes Hwy. 400 North Of Toronto

Vehicles burn on Hwy. 400 south of Barrie on Wednesday Nov. 1

Vehicles burn on Hwy. 400 south of Barrie on Wednesday Nov. 1

At least two people have died following a multi-vehicle collision followed by an explosion on Highway 400 near Bradford.

Schmidt said the crash sent fuel "rolling down the highway". "Twisted transport trucks, destroyed vehicles, metal that is unrecognizable as to whether or not it is a vehicle at all or not". Emergency crews had to let the fire burn itself out, and water had to be trucked in because there were no fire hydrants in the area.

There was an "instant fire ball that encompassed every single vehicle essentially, that was one scene", said Schmidt.

"The transport truck literally rolled right up the vehicle transport", the man said.

A number of people were taken to hospital following the wreck but Schmidt said that all of them have non-life threatening injuries.

The cause of the collision is still under investigation, but Hawkes appeared to be laying the blame on the transport truck's driver. "My thoughts are with those who lost a loved one in the horrific crash on Highway 400".

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Officials said that the highway would be closed Wednesday as authorities continue to look for victims and investigate the disaster.

Patterson said that the coroner would be able to "bring in the best and brightest" from across the province to study the increase in collisions involving commercial vehicles.

Gallant said his was one of eight fire departments on the scene that helped get the fire largely under control within about two hours.

Ontario Provincial Police said the highway is closed indefinitely.

Hawkes said that collisions involving transport trucks only represent about 12 per cent of crashes on Ontario highways but account for 25 per cent of all fatalities. "We're dealing with a massive scene ... fire, explosions, and just absolute carnage and devastation".

About 40 minutes before the pileup, a separate accident occurred on Highway 400 not far away, causing traffic slowdowns which authorities said might have led to the bigger crash. 400 near Barrie due to a fatal 14-vehicle crash.

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