It wasn't a good day to be eastbound on Highway 402 yesterday.
Starting in the early hours of Friday morning, around 12:30 a.m., a transport tanker carrying coke ash caught fire, the driver pulling over on the intersection of Highway 40 (Modeland Road) and Highway 402 to deal with the incident but being unable to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher.
That fire eventually spread to the tank itself and although Sarnia Fire & Rescue was able to put out the fire, a small amount of product had spilled onto the roadway.
Several hours later, things got even uglier.
At around 9 a.m. a fully marked but fortunately unoccupied OPP cruiser, which had been parked west of the Modeland road overpass to warn drivers of the lane closure ahead, was hit by an empty eastbound garbage hauler, destroying the vehicle and pushing it against the south wall of the overpass.
The garbage hauler, losing control, ended up over the wall as well, careening down the embankment with the trailer being caught on the guard rail. The transport driver was unhurt.
Traffic eastbound was diverted at Indian Road and detoured along Exmouth Street, re-entering the Highway at Modeland past the mishap.
The original accident site was cleared by noon but OPP said the mess from the subsequent accident took several hours before it could be cleared.
OPP remind motorists of the need (and the law) to move over and slow down when they encounter an emergency vehicle with its lights flashing along a highway.