Flying truck wheels on Highway 401 strike five vehicles

In this Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 photo from the O.P.P. Eastern Region Twitter account, a tow truck hauls away a tanker truck that lost a set of wheels on Highway 401 near Prescott, Ont. The driver has been charged and the company will face similar charges. (@OPP_ER/Twitter via Newswatch Group)

PRESCOTT – Five drivers have damage to their vehicles, but thankfully no injuries, after a set of wheels came off a transport truck this morning (Friday).

Grenville County O.P.P. say the dual wheels came off the tanker truck around 7 a.m., which was loaded with 30,000 kilograms of flammable liquid.

There were additional sets of wheels that were loose and ready to come off, the O.P.P. tweeted.

The five vehicles struck (two transports and three cars) by the wayward wheels had “significant damage” but there were no injuries, the O.P.P. said.

There was also no spill from the truck.

The driver, a man from Port Colborne, Ont., has been charged with driving a commercial motor vehicle with a major defect and having a detached wheel from a commercial motor vehicle, under the Highway Traffic Act.

Police also identified the company — Element Bulk Logistics of Hannon, Ont., and said the company will face similar charges.

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