Mechanical Failure Suspected in Transport Fire

A mechanical failure is being blamed for Tuesday night's tractor trailer fire on the westbound 401 between Perth Road and Sir John A.

OPP responded to a tractor trailer fully engulfed in flames around 10:30 p.m.

Police say the fire spread to the fuel tanks causing them to explode along with the flammable cargo that was being transported in the trailer.

The driver was able to escape the flames and was not injured.

The Highway was closed for about four hours and re-opened with one lane at 3:00 a.m., while two lanes were opened at 6:00 a.m.

An environmental clean up is still underway and will keep the right lane and shoulder closed for another day,  possibly two.