Toronto

All westbound lanes of Highway 401 reopen after truck fire in Pickering

A tractor-trailer full of fish turned into a fireball early Thursday morning, shutting down the Highway 401 express lanes in Pickering for the busy morning commute. The driver escaped the blaze without any serious injuries.

Driver escaped from the cab uninjured, now faces a careless driving charge

The westbound and eastbound express lanes on Highway 401 in Pickering near Whites Road and Rouge River are closed due to a tractor-trailer fire. (Tony Smyth/CBC News)

A tractor-trailer full of fish turned into a fireball early Thursday morning, shutting down the Highway 401 express lanes in Pickering for the busy morning commute. 

The driver escaped both the collision and the blaze near Whites Road without any serious injuries, Toronto district fire chief Stephan Powell said.

The eastbound lanes reopened by 8:15 a.m., but Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said that the westbound lanes would likely be closed until the early afternoon. 

Shortly before 3 p.m., Schmidt tweeted that the westbound express lanes had finally reopened.

Schmidt said the driver of the tractor-trailer now faces a charge of careless driving. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Fire trucks from Toronto and Pickering responded to the blaze, which they learned of around 4 a.m. and Ontario Provincial Police arrived to help manage traffic. 

Powell said that the fire broke out in the back of the vehicle.