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Trucks collide on Highway 400

Cheryl Browne

By Cheryl Browne, Barrie Examiner

Emergency workers transport the driver of a cube truck to the hospital Thursday afternoon after a collision with a transport truck in the southbound lanes of Highway 400, south of Highway 88.
PAUL NOVOSAD photo

Emergency workers transport the driver of a cube truck to the hospital Thursday afternoon after a collision with a transport truck in the southbound lanes of Highway 400, south of Highway 88. PAUL NOVOSAD photo

BRADFORD – A collision between two trucks caused rush-hour chaos Thursday afternoon.

Shortly after 3 p.m., a transport truck travelling southbound on Highway 400 collided with cube truck as it attempted to access the highway at the Highway 88 on-ramp, said Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Highway Safety division's Sgt. Kerry Schmidt.

“The two vehicles met at the bottom of the ramp which forced the transport truck into the ditch,” Schmidt said.

Kerry said neither driver was seriously injured, although the cube truck driver was extricated from his vehicle and taken to Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket. 

“I believe they were minor injuries and the (cube) driver was taken there more as a precaution,” Schmidt said.

The two right southbound lanes of Highway 400 were closed as heavy-duty tow trucks lifted the transport out of the ditch and hoisted the disabled cube truck onto the flat bed.

As dusk fell, only the left lane of the southbound Highway 400 was open to traffic and the line of vehicles in the northbound lanes had slowed to a crawl as well, he said.

At 5 p.m. OPP were continuing their investigation and Schmidt said he expected the southbound lanes would remain closed for at least another two hours.

Two lanes of the highway and the on-ramp re-opened around 7 p.m.

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