Dump truck hits bridge closing lanes on an Ontario highway, again

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Published October 13, 2023 at 1:33 pm

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Photo: OPP

A dump truck, travelling with its box in the upright position, struck a bridge on a major highway early this morning.

The crash happened in the Highway 404 southbound lanes in Markham around 1 a.m. today (Oct. 13), OPP said on X (formerly Twitter).

The driver was not hurt in the crash, police said.

The bridge was damaged and engineers were called into inspect it. The engineers reportedly said the bridge was safe to drive on. The incident closed lanes for a few hours.

The driver is reportedly facing careless driving charges.

The incident is a repeat of a crash in Mississauga about this time last year.

On Oct. 19 last year, a dump truck with its box in the upright position, hit a pedestrian bridge while travelling in the eastbound express lanes of Highway 401 approaching Mavis Road. The driver in this incident was charged with unsafe vehicle and fail to perform prescribed inspection.

Another driver captured a video trying to warn the truck driver the box was up.

And it also follows similar incident in January this year when dump truck hit an overpass in North York. The driver was hurt in this case.

In this recent case, the OPP are warning commercial drivers to do proper checks of their vehicles.

“Circle checks are very important when you are operating a commercial vehicle, take a few moments to walk around your vehicle,” OPP said.

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