Police looking for truck driver whose vehicle shed wheel and triggered collisions on Highway 401

An SD&G OPP police cruiser. Nation Valley News file photo

SOUTH DUNDAS — The SD&G OPP continue their search for a tractor-trailer driver whose rig shed a wheel yesterday evening, striking four other vehicles travelling east and west on Highway 401 through South Dundas.

The truck continued on without stopping after losing the wheel between County Rd. 31 and Flagg Rd., shortly after 5 p.m. on Dec. 6, according to police.

Only minor injuries resulted from what could otherwise be a deadly circumstance. Several deaths have resulted from wheels detaching from trucks on the province’s 400-series highways, since the 1990s, and seems to be on the rise once again. Two fatalities have occurred within the past 13 months — on Highway 401 near Dorchester and Highway 400 near King City — when wayward wheels smashed into cars.

A rash of detached transport wheels in 1997 prompted an Ontario inspection crackdown on the trucking industry and a new specific penalty of up to $50,000 for fly-away rims.

Anyone with information on the South Dundas incident is asked to call SD&G OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call CRIME STOPPERS at 1-800-222-8477 where they may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.



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