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Truck rollovers due to speed, inexperience, OPP says

03/26/2012 08:02 EDT | Updated 05/26/2012 05:12 EDT

Ontario Provincial Police say many of the dozen transport truck rollovers that have happened in the GTA during the past month are due to a mix of speed and inexperience.

"Time and time again, we're seeing far too many of these trucks just taking [highway] ramps too fast," OPP Sgt. David Woodford said on Tuesday.

Police said a transport truck was moving too fast on the southbound ramp of Hwy. 400, leading to Hwy. 401 at about 4 a.m. Monday, spilling produce and fuel over the road and snarling traffic for hours. Two people were transported to hospital with minor injuries.

There have been at least seven similar accidents in the GTA during last two weeks, police said, including a roll-over that grabbed headlines when the truck tipped on top of a car and trapped the car's driver inside.

Woodford, who used to be a transport truck driver himself, said inexperience is a factor.

"We're seeing a lot of younger driver in these trucks," he said. Transport truck drivers can get the license required in a week or less – there is no minimum number of driving hours required to pass the test.

"If a company's willing to hire you, they could put you behind the wheel the next week," Woodford said.

Woodford feels the training required to get a licence needs to be tougher.

The accidents are further complicated because most of the drivers are not breaking any laws.

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