Two die in Hwy. 17 crash west of Shabaqua

Two die in Hwy. 17 crash west of Shabaqua

Once firefighters extinguished the fire, the stretch of highway near Cookstown was littered with the burnt-out frames of cars and trucks, including two fully-loaded fuel tankers that were completely consumed.

At least two people have died following a multi-vehicle collision followed by an explosion on Highway 400 near Bradford. "Vehicles ripped in half and crumpled up into twisted metal".

Reports have suggested that one transport truck then collided into the vehicles ahead and caused the massive fire.

From there, traffic will be redirected back onto Highway 400.

Further details are expected as OPP technical traffic collision investigators sift through the wreckage.

Members of the OPP's emergency response team are now on scene searching the charred vehicles and Schmidt said that forensics officials will likely help with the identification of victims.

Emergency services were on scene Wednesday investigating what or who may be responsible.

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Gallant said his was one of eight fire departments on the scene that helped get the fire largely under control within about two hours.

"It would appear that it was a transport truck that came in and launched this chain reaction collision".

At the time, Hawkes said that while most transport truck drivers utilize caution on the roads a small percentage don't and are essentially travelling in "ticking time bombs". "No other sector would have this many fatalities and not have it addressed by the coroner".

Commercial Motor Vehicles will be encouraged to use either County Road 27 or the 10th Side Road as an alternate route.

He conceded that some trucking companies are spending "hundreds of thousands of dollars" on improving safety in their fleet but he said that clearly there is a problem that needs to be addressed.

"It was absolute carnage and devastation across the northbound lanes between Hwy".

There was an "instant fire ball that encompassed every single vehicle essentially, that was one scene", said Schmidt. 400 near Barrie due to a fatal 14-vehicle crash.

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