OPP Sgt. Vincent Idzenga told reporters that a 1948 Chevrolet was travelling westbound in the far-right lane and “sustained a tire issue … to the right rear tire and as a result of this mechanical issue the vehicle lost control” and swerved into the inner left lane.
The coach bus then “T-boned” the Chevrolet, and “as a result of that impact the [Chevrolet] burst into flames,” Idzenga said, adding the car veered into the right ditch and rolled.
Two passersby vehicles stopped to help and managed pull two adult males from the car. Police did not disclose any information about the third victim.
The coach bus was carrying 49 passengers in addition to the driver, and sustained only “minor front-end damage,” according to the OPP. No other vehicles were involved and “there were no indications of any speed issues or any other factors.”
The collision kept all westbound lanes of Highway 407 closed from Mavis Road to Mississauga Road through much of the afternoon and evening; the road reopened just after 9 p.m.
Any witnesses are asked to contact the OPP at (905) 841-5777.