​A Wheel Flew Off A Truck’s Boat Trailer On The QEW & Killed A 77-Year-Old Driver

A bouncing wheel from a brand new boat trailer has killed a 77-year-old man from Oakville driving on the QEW.

OPP Freeway Security Division stated a wheel got here off a ship trailer and hit three autos on October 18, leading to one dying and closures, in keeping with a collection of tweets.

OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt stated the wheel got here off a westbound automobile close to Winston Churchill Boulevard and bounced into the eastbound facet, the place it first struck a white Mercedes, killing the driving force.

Schmidt instructed Narcity the incident occurred at 11:20 a.m. and that the driving force of the Mercedes did not have time to react.

Regardless of the injury to the automobile, a 77-year-old feminine passenger within the Mercedes managed to take management of the wheel and decelerate to park, the place she crawled out, unhurt.

The wheel went on to hit two extra autos earlier than changing into lodged beneath the third.

The truck driver towing the boat trailer didn’t cease and claimed he did not know a wheel had come off, in keeping with Schmidt.

Schmidt stated the truck driver had simply picked up the boat trailer from a dealership and was bringing it again to the marina for the primary time.

The driver was later positioned in Grimsby, and police are investigating why the wheel got here off.

“This was the primary time this trailer has been on the street. It doesn’t look like a wheel fastener failure due to the nuts. It additionally would not look like a bearing failure due to lack of lubrication,” stated Schmidt. “In order that they’re wanting into whether or not there was some improper set up or what different mechanical problem led to the failure.”

Anybody with info on the accident is requested to name Burlington OPP.

This interview has been condensed and edited for readability.

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