Two truckers hurt by thrown wheel

GANANOQUE, Ont. – Ontario Provincial Police are looking for the driver of the westbound truck that threw a wheel on Hwy. 401, initiating a head-on collision between two other rigs.

“Somebody would have recently serviced the vehicle,” Gananoque OPP Sgt. Ed Hickey told the local media.

The accident happened about two kilometres west of Gananoque on Nov. 28, when an eastbound Canadian Tire hauler, Steven Mitchell, was suddenly struck in the front end by the lost wheel. He lost control and ended up colliding head-on with another truck.

Mitchell received minor injuries in the crash, but the driver of the other truck, Christian Brochu, was seriously injured.

Anyone who has seen a tractor-trailer with a missing tire and rim, or has worked on such a truck, is urged to contact either the Gananoque OPP detachment at 382-2195 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. n

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