Tractor-trailer fire snarls traffic near Long Sault

Onlookers gather on the Avonmore Road overpass Sept. 8, 2015 as flames leap from a tractor-trailer full of vehicles in the westbound lanes of Highway 401 in South Stormont, Ont. There were no injuries but a portion of the westbound lanes were closed for several hours. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

LONG SAULT — Westbound traffic on Highway 401 ground to a halt Tuesday afternoon.

A double-deck tractor-trailer, filled with vehicles, caught fire in the westbound lanes about 50 feet west of the Avonmore Road overpass.

The driver had managed to pull the rig well off the road before the truck was engulfed.

The fire happened just after 5 p.m. and South Stormont firefighters from two stations responded to the scene.

The spectacle also drew a number of onlookers, perched on the Avonmore Road overpass.

Drivers wait in the westbound lanes of Highway 401, just east of the Avonmore Road overpass in South Stormont Ont., after a tractor-trailer fire Sept. 8, 2015. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)
Drivers wait in the westbound lanes of Highway 401, just east of the Avonmore Road overpass in South Stormont Ont., after a tractor-trailer fire Sept. 8, 2015. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

O.P.P. cruisers escorted smaller westbound vehicles back to a median turnaround where they headed back to Cornwall.

Other traffic was being detoured at Brookdale Avenue.

Eastbound traffic was unaffected, except for some minor slowdowns.

Firefighters wrapped up just before 7 p.m.

While Cornwall EMS were on scene, there were no apparent injuries.

Cleanup crews were off-loading the damaged cars and removing the trailer.

The procedure was expected to keep the westbound lanes of the freeway between Brookdale Avenue and Moulinette Road closed until roughly 8:30 p.m.

 

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