Heavy Rescue: 401

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Heavy Rescue: 401

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Heavy Rescue: 401 tells the stories of heavy recovery drivers who fight to keep traffic rolling on some of the busiest and most unforgiving roads on the planet.  Close to half-a-million vehicles travel Ontario’s 400-series highways every day.  The section of the 401 through Toronto is the busiest stretch of highway in the world.  To the west, Highway 402 is an important link to the US Midwest, plagued by sudden and blinding lake effect snow squalls.  Industry and thousands upon thousands of commuters depend on these lifelines.  When disaster strikes, the pressure to clear and open roads is beyond intense.  Police and the Ministry of Transport depend on the heavy recovery operators – ready to work just inches from open lanes and speeding traffic. 
Young operator – and onetime refugee -- Sonny has fought to earn his place and operate a rotator, the pinnacle of heavy recovery machines.  But just when it looks like his dream is coming true, will a major shakeup at the company change his future?  Will rookie Collin earn his father’s trust to join the family’s Heavy Rescue crew?  And when his father, Gary, hands over the controls, will the youngest member of the crew be ready?  As violent windstorms whip off of Lake Ontario, downing power lines and toppling trucks, how will veterans Kevin and James work to open roads and bridges in the middle of the chaos?  At the eastern end of the highway in Cornwall, Andrew is the next generation taking over at Herb’s Towing.  And during the busiest winter in years, Herb’s faces a job unlike anything in the history of the company.  But Heavy Rescue: 401 goes far beyond recoveries.  We follow the Ontario Provincial Police doing on-the-spot accident reconstructions, managing 100-car pileups and overseeing toxic spill sites.  We follow the crew at the Ministry of Transport’s massive control centre – the eyes that watch and manage the highways.  We join maintenance crews, clearing snow with military precision and jumping into battle when – without warning – winter strikes.  The stakes are high.  Every minute counts.  Every job is vital. 
 
Heavy Rescue: 401 is a series about men and women facing incredible stakes in a fast-paced, relentless environment.  Jobs and lives depend on these highways.  And it’s up to Heavy Rescue to keep them open.