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Rush hour traffic heading west on the Gardiner Expressway Nov 10, 2010. (Moe Doiron/The Globe and Mail)
Rush hour traffic heading west on the Gardiner Expressway Nov 10, 2010. (Moe Doiron/The Globe and Mail)

Toronto’s Gardiner, Lake Shore Boulevard closed by vehicle fire Add to ...

Two of Toronto’s main routes into the downtown were closed this morning after a vehicle fire in the city’s west end — snarling traffic during the busy morning commute.

The Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard were closed in both directions at Jameson Avenue due to a fire in a truck. The Gardiner was partially reopened around 9 a.m.

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Authorities say the vehicle travelling eastbound burst into flames just after 7 a.m. while approaching the Jameson Avenue exit.

Emergency crews were forced to close all lanes of the highway, along with all lanes of the Lake Shore, as firefighters ran their hoses across the roadway.

City salt trucks also were called in to help deal with ice in the area.

No injuries have been reported.

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