Middlesex OPP say charges have been laid in connection to a crash on the 401 that began with a wheel flying off a trailer.
Police were called to the scene between Highbury Ave and Old Victoria Road Thursday morning shortly before 7a.m.
According to investigators, a black Chevy pickup truck, hauling a flatbed trailer loaded with a scissor lift, was travelling on the 401 westbound, west of Old Victoria Road, when the front driver’s side wheel separated from the trailer, and rolled into traffic.
The wheel traveled westbound, over the centre median, into the eastbound lanes of the 401.
A silver Chrysler car was driving in the inside lane of the 401 eastbound, east of Highbury Avenue, west of Old Victoria Road. The car swerved to avoid the errant wheel, and spun 360 degrees on wet pavement, resulting in the passenger side of the car striking the front driver’s side of a transport trailer, which was also travelling eastbound on the 401.
The driver of the car, a 32-year-old male from London, was rushed to hospital with non-life threatening injuries to hospital. The 32-year-old remains in hospital Friday.
The driver of the transport trailer, a 49-year-old male from Central Elgin, was not hurt.
The driver of the pickup truck and trailer, a 24-year-old male from Dundas, was uninjured. As a result of the police investigation, he has been charged with:
- Operate unsafe vehicle – commercial motor vehicle, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act (HTA), section 84
- Wheel separation – commercial motor vehicle, contrary to HTA, section 84.1(1)
- Operate vehicle – fail to display device X2, contrary to HTA, section 85(1)
- Fail to surrender insurance card, contrary to the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act (CAIA), section 3(1)
The errant wheel came to rest against the centre median on the eastbound side of the 401, without striking a vehicle. It was recovered at the scene.
An area of the 401 was temporarily closed to traffic as OPP cleared the scene.