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Ontario truck driver charged after leaving trail of garbage on highway while impaired

An Ontario truck driver has been charged by police after driving recklessly while impaired on the Queen Elizabeth Way in Burlington this morning — leaving trails of garbage and debris in his tracks.

According to the Ontario Provincial Police Highway Safety Division, multiple complaints were made this morning of an "erratic Commercial motor vehicle" weaving through lanes in the area.

Police stopped the driver soon after, but not before he collided with the Walkers Line overpass. 

The vehicle was filled with garbage, and the impact of the accident caused it to be spread out all over the road resulting in numerous flat tires and other damage to surrounding vehicles.

Fortunately, no one was hurt.

The motorist was arrested on the spot and later charged with impaired operation by drug and possession of a schedule 1 controlled substance, according to police

Road closures were in effect this morning while crews cleaned up the mess, and structural engineers are in the process of assessing the damage done to the bridge in the collision.

Lead photo by

OPP Highway Safety Division


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