Driver, company charged after transport tires strike vehicle on Highway 401 near Odessa

Drivers travelling westbound on Highway 401 near Odessa may have noticed an odd sight on the afternoon of Friday, Mar. 1, 2024.

Shortly after 2 p.m., a tractor trailer lost a set of tires, which struck another vehicle, sending it into the median of the highway. The tires reportedly travelled up into the OnRoute parking lot where they landed, as pictured above.

According to a statement from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the driver of the other vehicle suffered minor injuries, and traffic was not blocked due to the incident, but was moving slowly for most of the afternoon.

The OPP confirmed with Kingstonist that both the driver and the company, Mulrooney Trucking, were facing charges related to the incident.

“Both the driver of the transport and the trucking company have been charged with Commercial motor vehicle charges for the wheel separation. Part 3 Summons to attend court on April 8th in Kingston,” Constable Robert Martell, Media Relations Officer with the Frontenac County Detachment of the OPP, said in an email.

A short time later and near the scene of the original collision, the OPP were notified of another transport travelling with unsafe conditions by an alert traveller, police shared.

Photo via OPP.

“Thanks to an observant motorist who called this in, L&A OPP and MTO stopped another tractor trailer just 5km down the road from the [previous] tractor trailer tire incident,” OPP said. This driver was also charged with operating a motor vehicle with an unsafe trailer, as the rear set of dual wheels was nearly coming off, police said.

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