All the eastbound lanes of Highway 401 closed at Mississauga Road on Tuesday morning after five propane tanks fell off the back of a truck. The truck was carrying dozens of the tanks, according to CP24, when five of the haul came loose from their straps. The tanks fell from the flatbed into the lanes of North America's busiest highway, forcing a complete closure of the eastbound thoroughfare.
UPDATE: According to an OPP tweet at 10:11 a.m. local time, all eastbound lanes of Highway 401 have now reopened.
EARLIER: Thankfully, the tanks did not contain any propane, which is of course extremely flammable, and that's something for which OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt is extremely grateful.
In a video posted on his Twitter account, Sgt. Schmidt said: "Fortunately, they are empty, so there are no dangerous goods at all and no concern with public safety outside of the damage that could (have) occurred had these things hit a vehicle."
However, lucky escape or not, Schmidt said the driver is likely to face charges for transporting an unsecured load.
#Hwy401 EB closed at Mississauga Rd after propane tanks fell from a transport truck #InsecureLoad https://t.co/Gztm6evkF1— OPP Highway Safety Division (@OPP Highway Safety Division)1563280427.0
CP24 reports that Ministry of Transportation staff are currently at the scene inspecting the truck.
According to 570News Traffic, all eastbound lanes could be closed until at least 10 a.m. local time.
In the meantime, commuters use Highway 407, Trafalgar Road, or Winston Churchill Boulevard.