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Westbound lanes of Highway 401 reopen for afternoon rush
WATERLOO REGION — Westbound lanes of Highway 401 at Highway 8 reopened at about 4 p.m. Thursday after being closed for more than 12 hours due to a transport truck fire.
|A fire in a garbage truck early Thursday closed the westbound lanes of Highway 401 at Highway 8. - Peter Lee , Waterloo Region Record |
But one right westbound lane was expected to be closed again later Thursday evening in order to allow crews to complete the cleanup.
OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt tweeted that the transport truck loaded with garbage caught on fire at about 3 a.m.
Kitchener firefighters were on scene most of the morning in an effort to put out the smouldering embers in the truck.
The fire was out by about 10:30 a.m., said Assistant Platoon Chief Blake Moggy of Kitchener Fire.
Moggy said the compacted garbage was formed into a block. It was difficult to get at and put out the fire, he said. Much of the load had to be pulled out of the trailer to douse hot spots.
The area was "completely paralyzed" as traffic backed up for kilometres, Schmidt said.
The eastbound lanes remained open but there were major delays in the area.
Const. Ashley Dietrich of Waterloo Regional Police said the truck fire caused congestion and major delays on other roadways near the highway and in the city.
The truck's tires and the part of the walls of the truck were burnt, making the wreckage difficult to move.
No one was injured in the fire.
by Liz Monteiro
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