Police investigating after car catches fire on Gardiner Expressway
Video from the scene shows thick smoke, fire on roadway
Toronto police are investigating after a car caught fire while travelling eastbound on the Gardiner Expressway near York Street.
Police received reports that a car struck a guardrail at about 3:45 p.m. Police said in a tweet that the car had "spontaneously combusted."
Video from the scene that was shared on social media showed a car engulfed in smoke and flames in an eastbound left lane. Behind the car were stopped vehicles, bumper to bumper.
Car explosion on the Gardiner. Traffic stopped both ways. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/toronto?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#toronto</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/gardiner?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#gardiner</a> <a href="https://t.co/dAYS1UOCdn">pic.twitter.com/dAYS1UOCdn</a>—@lawrencehumblet
<a href="https://twitter.com/680NEWStraffic?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@680NEWStraffic</a> TERRIFYING scene on the WB <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/gardiner?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#gardiner</a> near <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/jarvis?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#jarvis</a> A car completely engulfed in flames. <a href="https://twitter.com/CP24?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CP24</a> <a href="https://t.co/kPf8GEsmBi">pic.twitter.com/kPf8GEsmBi</a>—@androgynyxyyz
Police say there are no injuries reported and all occupants are out of the car.
Toronto Fire is at the scene and police released a statement just after 4 p.m. that the fire has been extinguished. The highway was initially closed in both directions to allow clean-up crews in to the area.
As of around 5 p.m. on Saturday, police said only one lane was open on the highway going westbound due to the incident and traffic is backed up.
Police recommend travellers find an alternate route.
View from the gardiner right now. A car absolutely exploded. <a href="https://t.co/NhTFrBiZAS">pic.twitter.com/NhTFrBiZAS</a>—@MrGiladCohen