Fire engulfs trailer on Highway 401 at Cornwall

Flames leap off the tires of a tanker trailer Thursday, May 5, 2016 in the eastbound lanes of Highway 401 near Brookdale Avenue in Cornwall, Ont. The driver managed to unhook his truck and get away unharmed. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – The eastbound lanes of Highway 401 had to be shut down for an hour Thursday night after a tractor trailer caught fire.

The wheels of the stainless steel tanker caught fire but the trucker managed to unhook his truck from the burning tanker and escape unharmed.

It happened around 9:45 p.m. a few hundred feet from the off-ramp to Brookdale Avenue in Cornwall.

Flames engulfed the bottom of the tanker, which was labelled AgroPur – a dairy cooperative in Oka, Que. – as loud bangs could be heard of the rubber tires exploding.

Firefighters had to set up a temporary holding tank and shuttle water to the scene on the highway.

They had the fire out within 20 minutes.

Traffic was allowed to move through the scene on one lane by 10:45 p.m. while mechanics and a towing company worked at the scene.

Firefighters wrapped up around midnight.

There are no reported injuries.

Cornwall firefighters start spraying water on the wheels of a burning tanker trailer Thursday, May 5, 2016 after the truck caught fire in the eastbound lanes of Highway 401 near Brookdale Avenue. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)
Cornwall firefighters start spraying water on the wheels of a burning tanker trailer Thursday, May 5, 2016 after the truck caught fire in the eastbound lanes of Highway 401 near Brookdale Avenue. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

 

A Cornwall firefighter sprays water inside the stainless steel tank after puncturing holes in it to release any pressure. The trailer was labelled AgroPur, a Quebec dairy cooperative. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)
A Cornwall firefighter sprays water inside the stainless steel tank after puncturing holes in it to release any pressure. The trailer was labelled AgroPur, a Quebec dairy cooperative. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)
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