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Multiple fatalities reported after chain reaction crash on Hwy. 400: OPP

Collision Vehicles are shown on fire following a collision involving at least 14 vehicles on Highway 400
Bennie Garza | 01 November, 2017, 15:46

"We're dealing with a massive scene ... fire, explosions, and just absolute carnage and devastation".

"About 40 minutes before this collision occurred, there was another three-vehicle collision that occurred just a short distance further north", Schmidt said on Breakfast Television.

He says there are burned cars, shells of cars, twisted metal, and vehicle debris parts across all the highway. Police say it appears a transport trucks plowed into the vehicles ahead, resulting in a chain reaction crash.

The number of fatalities may rise as emergency crews have not been able to reach all of the vehicles involved.

"I heard some popping sounds and then a loud explosion right above the roof of my vehicle". "Explosions, just one explosion after another and orange flames started to go up into the sky".

"As the fuel was flowing out of the trailers, which (were) split wide open, the fire was rolling down the highway and that's why we initially actually closed the highway up at Highway 9", Schmidt said. "People were literally running for their lives to not be encompassed by the moving fire that was on the highway and was down in the ditch". He added that "fire departments from every service in the region" teamed up to tame the blaze. He said that the crews on scene ultimately chose to let the fuel burn off for environmental reasons, a process that he said took about two-and-a-half hours.

The length of the closure remains unknown and could last much of the night and possibly into the morning hours.

"It really is the most unbelievable scene I think I've ever seen".

Police expect the road to be closed for most of the day Wednesday. Schmidt said it sustained significant damage during the fire and will most likely need to be repaved and resurfaced.

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