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Vehicle hit by flying wheel on Toronto highway

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The driver was lucky to be alive after a transport truck’s wheel flew off and it crashed into a car on a Toronto highway Thursday morning, police say.

Ontario Police Sgt. Kelly Schmidt said the incident occurred in the westbound lane of Highway 401 off Highway 427.

According to Schmidt, one of the wheels of the delivery truck had become dislodged while it was moving, causing it to collide with a moving vehicle.

Luckily for the driver, the wheel hit the side of the vehicle and escaped without injury.

In a video posted to Twitter, Schmidt spoke to the driver and said he saw the wheel flying toward him just before the crash.

“It came down from the bridge and what happened was I saw it at the last second. I was able to see that very quickly and move just in time, and it hit my side, not the windshield,” said Mark and the identified driver.

Schmidt said a lack of maintenance caused the tire to come off the track, leading to bearing failure.

In a second Twitter video, Schmidt looked at the truck that lost the wheel and noted that the outer bearing “melted quickly”, probably due to lack of lubrication.

“As part of the daily (truck) inspection, this is what you need to look at and one of them is the hub oil, whether or not it’s below the minimum level when you have the sight glass installed.” He said.

Schmidt reiterated how important it was for drivers to recheck their tires after completing mechanical work.

“If recently changed for brake work or seasonal tire changes, check those wheel fasteners. Check wheel nuts and make sure they are properly torqued and tightened. please give me.

“This could have been fatal and it was lucky for Mark not to go directly into the crew compartment,” he added.

The truck driver has been charged with removing parts under the Highway Safety Act and faces fines of up to $20,000. Schmidt said drivers and transportation companies could be charged extra.

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