‘Aggressive driver’ hunted as police investigate QEW truck rollover near Niagara, Ontario

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Published January 13, 2024 at 11:20 am

Police seek aggressive driver who caused QEW truck rollover near Niagara Falls
Police are looking for the driver of this car they say was involved in a collision on Friday that caused a tanker truck to roll over on the QEW. (Photo: OPP)

Police are seeking the public’s help in finding an “aggressive driver” who they believe set in motion a series of chain-reaction events that led to the rollover of a large fuel truck on the QEW in Niagara region on Friday morning.

OPP say no life-threatening injuries resulted from the morning rush hour crash, which occurred in Beamsville between Ontario Street and Victoria Avenue in the Fort Erie-bound lanes and closed the QEW in both directions for most of the day.

In a post to social media on Saturday morning, OPP said all lanes of the major highway in the same area were closed at 8:30 a.m. and expected to remain shut down for two or so hours as cleanup continued.

Police said crews had to drill into the tanker truck this morning to remove the remaining fuel.

Emergency crews tend to the scene of the tanker truck rollover on the QEW on Friday morning. (Photo: OPP)

Meanwhile, police continue their hunt for the driver of a black Mercedes they believe was driving in an aggressive manner and may have caused the 7:50 a.m. collision before fleeing the scene.

OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said on Friday the crash happened when an aggressive driver of a black Mercedes allegedly cut off another vehicle. That car then struck the tanker truck cab and both vehicles went into the ditch, according to police.

Fuel reportedly spilled out of the tanker next to neighbouring farms as a result of the rollover.

Anyone with information is urged to call OPP at 905-681-2511 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

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