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Truck fire closes section of Highway 401 in Kingston

A detour is in place between the Montreal Street and Highway 15 exits in Kingston after a transport truck caught fire and spilled fuel overnight.

Eastbound detour in place between Montreal Street and Highway 15

The eastbound lanes of Highway 401 are closed in east Kingston. (Ontario Provincial Police)

Highway 401 eastbound is closed in Kingston after a transport truck caught fire early this morning.

A section of the highway between Montreal Street and Highway 15 is closed because of a large fuel spill, Ontario Provincial Police said.

The closure started at about 2:30 a.m. when the truck hit a concrete barrier.

The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks is sending a crew to clean up the spill.

It's unclear when the highway will reopen. OPP said later that morning that part of the road will have to be repaved because of the crash, spill and cleanup.

The driver was not injured and is not expected to be charged.