At least 3 killed in 14-vehicle fiery crash on Hwy. 400

At least 14 vehicles were involved in the collision

"Multiple transport trucks, multiple vehicles and sadly multiple fatalities", said the veteran officer.

"It is absolutely devastating".

"This is probably one of the worst crashes I have ever seen", Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Kerry Schmdit told The Weather Network. "There are cars everywhere".

"There was a massive fire that consumed most of the vehicles that are involved".

The exact number of fatalities is still unknown and the death toll could rise, Schmidt warned.

Members of the OPP's emergency response team are now on scene searching the charred vehicles and Schmidt said that forensics officials will likely help with the identification of victims.

A witness said that a transport truck traveling on 400 northbound collided into the rear end of the traffic.

"Twisted transport trucks, destroyed vehicles, metal that is unrecognizable as to whether or not it is a vehicle at all or not".

As recently as last week, provincial police were highlighting the unsafe nature of accidents involving commercial transport trucks.

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"After that I heard some popping sounds, and then a loud explosion".

"It looks like at least one of those fuel tankers slammed into the back of slowing or stopped traffic, setting up this chain reaction". "It was just one explosion after another".

Schmidt said the crash sent fuel spilling down the highway and described the blaze as "rolling down the highway". "People were literally running for their lives to not be encompassed by the moving fire that was on the highway and was down in the ditch".

Highway 400 will be closed northbound at County Road 88 and southbound at County Road 89 for an undetermined period of time.

Ontario Provincial Police said the highway is closed indefinitely.

The highway itself has been under construction for months.

Schmidt said the highway may also need resurfacing depending on how much damage has been done to the asphalt.

They said Highway 11 should be used as an alternate route for traffic heading either east or west.

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