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Multiple fatalities reported in fiery Hwy. 400 crash

CityNews | posted Wednesday, Nov 1st, 2017

Ontario provincial police say there are multiple fatalities after a fiery crash involving several vehicles on Highway 400 near Barrie on Tuesday night.

The crash occurred just before 11:30 p.m., causing a massive fire and several explosions. At least 14 vehicles were involved in the crash, including two fuel tankers.

A least two people are confirmed dead, but many of the vehicles have yet to be searched by authorities.

Several people were rushed to hospital but their injuries are not life-threatening.

Several vehicles that caught fire were reduced to metal shells. Emergency crews had to let the fire burn itself out, and water had to be trucked in because there were no fire hydrants in the area.

“It is unbelievably large, I’ve never seen something like this,” OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said.

Schmidt said the cause of the crash is not yet known. However, he said it appears traffic was slowing due to another crash earlier in the night.

“About 40 minutes before this collision occurred, there was another three-vehicle collision that occurred just a short distance further north,” Schmidt said on Breakfast Television.

Highway 400 between highways 88 and 89 is expected to be closed for several hours.




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