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Truck dispatcher reported missing following propane explosion

TORONTO, Ont. -- A major propane explosion rocked a plant in North Toronto early Sunday morning, closing the nation...


TORONTO, Ont. — A major propane explosion rocked a plant in North Toronto early Sunday morning, closing the nation’s busiest highway for hours and resulting in at least one fatality.

A firefighter died at the scene and a worker, reportedly believed to be a truck dispatcher, was still unaccounted for this morning.

The blast occurred at a the Sunrise Propane Industrial Gases plant near Wilson Ave. and Keele St., forcing thousands of nearby residents to evacuate. A total of 18 people were injured, according to news reports.

Traffic was snarled for much of yesterday, with a 10-km stretch of Hwy. 401 being shut down, as well as a portion of Hwy. 400.

– With files from the Canadian Press and the Toronto Star


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