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Tow truck driver injured removing tractor-trailer from Hwy. 401 ditch

Last Updated Nov 23, 2017 at 8:23 am EDT

A tractor-trailer in a ditch on Highway 401 in Milton on Nov. 23, 2017. CITYNEWS

A tow truck operator has been injured after a tractor-trailer rolled over into a ditch on Highway 401 in Milton on Thursday morning.

Police said the operator was seriously injured as crews tried to remove the truck from the ditch.

“The heavy tows that were on scene were removing the rolled over truck from the ditch. In doing so, something happened, and I don’t know exactly what happened, but one of the operators that was operating the heavy tow equipment was injured in the recovery initiative,” OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said.

There has been no word on what caused the tractor trailer to roll into the ditch on the westbound lanes of Highway 401 approaching Guelph Line.

Police said the tractor trailer driver has been charged with careless driving.

The Ministry of Labour has been contacted.

This is just one of several issues facing drivers on their morning commute.

Also on the westbound 401, just west of Highway 25, police are investigating a crash involving multiple vehicles.

No serious injuries are reported, but there’s debris in the left lane.

There are also major delays on the westbound 401 from Meadowvale to Kennedy as crews clean up from a vehicle fire west of Brimley Road in the express lanes.

Moreover, on the southbound Highway 400, approaching King Road, two left lanes are blocked with a collision. Traffic is backed up from Aurora Road.