A 29-year-old Barrie, Ont. woman is seriously injured after a wheel came off a car and smashed through the windshield of the car she was driving on Highway 400 near Innisfil on Wednesday.
Ontario Provincial Police said the collision occurred on Highway 400 southbound, north of Highway 89. Emergency crews were called to the scene at 8:30 a.m.
One lane of Highway 400 is open in both directions between Highway 89 and Innisfil Beach Road, while all other northbound and southbound lanes are still blocked in the area, according to Sgt. Kerry Schmidt, spokesperson for the OPP’s Highway Safety Division.
The air ambulance landed on the highway to pick up the woman and take her to a trauma centre. Her injuries were described by Schmidt as “significant.”
Schmidt said the front wheel separated from a vehicle going northbound on Highway 400. It bounced over the highway and struck the southbound car “head-on,” he said.
The impact of the wheel crushed the car’s windshield and seriously damaged the roof.
Officers are looking for the wheel in the ditch and the bush near the highway, Schmidt said.
Schmidt said there are “massive” delays in both directions in the area and he thinks secondary routes will be heavy. Officers are mapping and documenting evidence at the scene.
He said the male driver of the car that lost the wheel remained on the scene.
“We certainly do hope to get some traffic moving here shortly, but obviously, a very serious situation here with this driver of this car here,” Schmidt said.
He said the OPP hopes to have the highway fully reopened by 12 noon.
Anyone with relevant dashboard camera video is urged to contact police.