Damaged tractor-trailer loses parts on Highway 401

Image: Chatham-Kent OPP

The Ontario Provincial Police responded to a traffic complaint on Highway 401 in Chatham-Kent Friday at around 8:45 p.m. involving an eastbound tractor trailer losing parts on the highway. Reports were received that the trailers rear bumper was falling off and the rear doors were insecure.

OPP officers located and stopped the truck and trailer near the Chatham, Elgin County border. Police learned that it had been involved in a collision in Michigan earlier that day suffering significant damage to the rear of the trailer.

The damage resulted in the trailer having insufficient rear lighting, damaged trailer brakes, and its structural integrity had been compromised.

Police say a 45-year-old Brampton man was charged with operating an unsafe vehicle and not properly documenting trip inspection. The vehicle was towed from the highway. 

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