OPP Police Press Releases

44,000lbs Of Beef On Fire Closed Portion Of 401

(CHATHAM-KENT, ON) – On May 20, 2021 at approximately 4:50 a.m., Chatham-Kent Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) with Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services responded to a vehicle fire on Highway 401 eastbound near the 70 kilometer marker between Queen’s Line Road and Bloomfield Road in Chatham-Kent.

A tractor trailer loaded with 44,000lbs of beef became fully engulfed, the driver managed to disconnect his truck from the trailer. The driver was not injured. 

The eastbound lanes of Highway 401 are expected to be closed for several hours for vehicle removal and clean up. Eastbound traffic will be forced to exit at Queen’s Line Road.

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