Tractor-trailer goes through median on Hwy. 400
A work crew repairs a section of guard rail on the 400 Highway between Innisfil Beach Road and Highway 89 after a tractor-trailer collided with the divider. No one was injured, however, two lanes where closed for most of the day Friday as repairs were made. Mark Wanzel/ The Barrie Examiner/ QMI
The Highway 400 median couldn't stop a tractor trailer from crashing through it early Friday morning.
Both centre lanes of the 400 were closed until later that day to repair the median, after the truck went through between Innisfil Beach Road and Highway 89 at 3:50 a.m.
OPP say a trucker lost control of his rig for unknown reasons while travelling south on the 400, just north of Highway 89. The truck hit the centre median, travelled through it and came to rest in the northbound lanes of the 400, police said.
Its driver, a 38-year-old Brampton man, suffered minor facial injuries and was taken to Stevenson Memorial Hospital in Alliston by ambulance.
OPP Const. Linda Wolf said the highway had a single steel guardrail at the crash point, but it didn't stop the truck.
“The trailer portion sustained the most damage and it was extensive front-end damage,” she said. “There were about 11 sections of guardrail that are about 12 feet long, each section, that needed to be totally replaced.”
The tractor trailer was empty at the time of the crash, said OPP, and stayed upright after it went through the barrier.
Police don't know if weather was a factor, but at this point it doesn't appear to be.
No other vehicles were involved in the crash, although a northbound vehicle sustained damage by driving over debris on the highway.
Two lanes of the 400, both ways, were closed for several hours for cleanup and removal of the truck – but were re-open at 8:40 a.m.
Ontario Ministry of Transportation staff worked at repairing the centre median Friday.
Police say charges are pending.