Tires fly off 2 vehicles on GTA highways Tuesday, bounce into oncoming lanes: OPP

Ontario Provincial Police say tires flew off two vehicles travelling on highways in the Greater Toronto Area Tuesday, sending one person to hospital.

OPP said the first incident happened on Highway 407 near Leslie Street around 11 a.m.

“A delivery truck driving down the highway had its wheels installed about two weeks ago and for some reason, both sets of the dual wheels from the driver’s side came off, bounced off of one vehicle that was heading eastbound,” OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt told Global News.

“The tires then both bounced over the concrete wall into the westbound side, striking another vehicle.”

The driver of the vehicle that got struck lost control and had to be transported to hospital, Schmidt said. They did not suffer serious injuries.

Schmidt said UPS, which owns the delivery truck, has since been charged under the Highway Traffic Act with having detached parts. That charge carries a maximum fine of $50,000 for commercial vehicles.

The second incident happened around 1:30 p.m. on Highway 400 near Highway 407.

In that incident, police said an SUV travelling northbound on Highway 400 lost a tire which also bounced into oncoming lanes.

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