‘Absolute carnage’ in 14-vehicle crash Tuesday

At least three people died — and more are expected to be found in vehicles — in a horrific 14-vehicle crash Tuesday night on Highway 400 near Bradford north of Toronto.

The crash occurred at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday and involved two fully-loaded tanker trucks and at lest three other tractor-trailers, according to reports by the Ontario Provincial Police.

Oct. 31 crash near Toronto (New Tecumseth Fire Rescue Facebook photo)Oct. 31 crash near Toronto (New Tecumseth Fire Rescue Facebook photo)

OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt told the Toronto Star the fiery crash occurred about an hour after another wreck less than a mile away on the same highway. The earlier mishap caused traffic to slow. Schmidt said a tanker crashed into the backs of other vehicles. Both tankers exploded.

Schmidt told the Star: “We’re dealing with a massive scene … fire, explosions, and just absolute carnage and devastation. The temperatures that were achieved in this crash were apocalyptic.”

Tuesday’s devastating crash comes on the heels of a press conference by the OPP last week during which it was said police focused on accidents involving commercial vehicles.

Several days ago OPP Commissioner Vince Hawkes said police are putting transport truck drivers “on notice,” following three truck-related fatal crashes last summer, according to a report by CTV News. He said police will focus on truck driver “inattention.”