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Driving on Highway 401 is scary enough without the looming threat of flying wheels.

A 23-year-old Ottawa woman was sent to the hospital on Sunday after her vehicle was struck by a loose wheel while driving down the 401.

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Another blast of winter weather that began late Wednesday night across the GTA caused major problems for drivers Thursday morning, who were left to contend with snowy and icy roads, as well as high winds.

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) reported several collisions across area highways as a result, and one crash that involved a transport truck and three other vehicles claimed the life of a driver.

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An Ontario driver is "lucky to be alive" after a wheel flew off a transport truck and slammed into his vehicle on Thursday morning.

According to OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt, the incident occurred on the westbound lanes of Highway 401 near Highway 427 after one of the truck's wheels became separated and flew off an overpass onto the 401 below.

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OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt took to Twitter on Thursday to express one of his biggest "pet peeves" about Ontario drivers. Brace yourself, highway commuters. This hot take could hit home.

"I was coming down Highway 400 this evening, traffic volume was relatively light, there was a good flow of traffic, and all of a sudden, there'd be a slowdown and a stacking up of vehicles," Schmidt said.

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Earlier this week, a dump truck driver crashed into a pedestrian bridge on Highway 401, immediately ruining the vibe of thousands of commuters, and someone got the whole thing on camera.

Dashcam footage of the incident, which shut down the highway's eastbound express lane for hours on Wednesday, shows a concerned motorist slamming on his horn moments before the truck makes an impact.

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