OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said police were dealing with an initial crash at the 404/Don Valley Parkway exit, when a transport truck slammed into another transport truck. A passenger vehicle was also involved.
— Sgt Kerry Schmidt (@OPP_HSD) August 26, 2019
The initial crash happened near the Leslie Street exit around 1 a.m. Monday. The second crash took place just before 5 a.m.
“Traffic was slowing down slightly in the area, a transport truck came in from behind, went by at least three MTO and OPP vehicles that had their lights flashing warning motorists to slow down, unfortunately this truck did not,” Schmidt said on Periscope.
“It slammed into the back of another transport truck that was loaded with some sort of carbon material, which has spilled all across the highway.”
The driver of the transport truck that triggered this pileup was taken to hospital with minor injuries and has been charged with careless driving.
The eastbound express lanes were closed from east of Bayview Avenue to Highway 404 but reopened just before 10:30 a.m.
#BREAKING: Express lanes are reopening on the EB #401 at Bayview following a lengthy closure.
— 680 NEWS Traffic (@680NEWStraffic) August 26, 2019