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Fuel spill may close section of Highway 401 all day

09/13/2012 07:20 EDT | Updated 11/13/2012 05:12 EST
It now appears that an accident that closed a section of the eastbound Highway 401 early Thursday morning may be more of a headache than first thought.

A section of the highway was closed after a tractor-trailer drove into a parked truck that was part of a crew involved in cleaning up the mess after an earlier collision.

The accident involving the tractor-trailer happened at Winston Churchill Boulevard, just after midnight.

After hitting the truck the tractor-trailer spun out of control, crossed all lanes of traffic and lost a full tank of diesel fuel, according to the OPP.

One worker was injured in the accident. The driver of the tractor-trailer was also taken to hospital.

Police initially said they expected to reopen the highway after a few hours, but later changed that assessment and said the eastbound lane could be closed all day.

The damage from the fuel spill was a lot worse than first thought, they said, and the roadway may need to be resurfaced.

The driver of the tractor-trailer has been charged with careless driving.

In Vaughan, north of Toronto, a motorcyclist was killed overnight when his bike was hit by a truck coming from the opposite direction at the intersection of Major Mackenzie Drive and Jane Street.

The truck driver was not hurt.

No names or ages have yet been released.

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