EB Hwy. 401 partially reopens at Guelph Line following fuel spill
A truck that burst into flames on Hwy. 401 near Guelph Line on Friday is shown. (Kerry Schmidt)
Chris Fox, CP24.com
Published Friday, October 20, 2017 6:52AM EDT
Last Updated Friday, October 20, 2017 10:12AM EDT
Eastbound Highway 401 has partially reopened at Guelph Line in Milton after fuel was spilled on the roadway following a truck fire.
Ontario Provincial Police say that a transport truck burst into flames while travelling on the highway at around 5:30 a.m. The fire was put out quickly but not before a large amount of fuel was spilled on the highway.
“The driver started to smell smoke or fire, pulled over and stopped and the entire transport was engulfed in flames. As a result of that fire, the saddle tanks ruptured and spilled fuel all across the lane. We have cleanup crews on scene. It is absolutely slippery out there,” OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt told CP24 on Friday morning.
All three eastbound lanes were initially blocked at Guelph Line, however police were able to reopen two lanes at around 9:45 a.m.
Traffic was only getting through on the left shoulder of the highway during the initial closure.