The BEST Episodes of Heavy Rescue: 401

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 7, 2021

Heavy Rescue: 401 focuses on a group of heavy recovery drivers working to keep traffic rolling on some of the busiest and most unforgiving roads on the planet. Up to 400,000 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. Highway 402 near Sarnia is an important link to the US Midwest, plagued by blinding lake effect snow squalls. These routes are lifelines for the nation’s industrial heartland and for thousands upon thousands of commuters. When disaster strikes on these roads, the pressure is on to get them cleared and reopened. Police and the Ministry of Transport depend on Southern Ontario’s heavy recovery operators. To keep closures to a minimum, crews often work just inches from open lanes and speeding traffic.

Big, Mean and Heavy

#1 - Big, Mean and Heavy

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 5, 2021

star 9.00
6 votes
Pull 'n Pray

#2 - Pull 'n Pray

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 11, 2020

Eric is still working to find his place on the new County/Coxon team when a T-bone semi collision spurs them into action; with his first baby on the way, a blizzard in the east sends Andrew on an urgent rescue mission.

star 8.50
18 votes
Not The Best Spot To Be

#3 - Not The Best Spot To Be

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 28, 2020

A pileup on the 401 brings traffic to a standstill and pushes the Ross crew into action; Sonny helps a driver stuck on a dangerous stretch of highway in Toronto; Herb's rookie Zach masters a difficult move for the first time.

star 8.26
19 votes
Beat Up and Bloody

#4 - Beat Up and Bloody

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Apr 9, 2019

Bubba battles a stubborn wreck in the middle of an ice storm; Sonny must improvise while clearing a pile of steel beams; Gary deals with a plummeting tanker.

star 8.19
27 votes
Feels like A Win

#5 - Feels like A Win

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 13, 2018

Freezing rain scatters Gary's team, forcing him to work solo to open the continent's busiest border crossing; in Windsor, Brad, Eric and crew fear a tragedy when they untangle a sedan badly crushed by a semi.

star 8.18
40 votes
A Big Problem

#6 - A Big Problem

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 18, 2020

An air ambulance crew takes off after a pileup results in serious casualties; preferred fights to clear two wrecks blocking the road to the border; a veteran operator rescues a leaning trailer

star 8.16
19 votes
Holy Mackerel, What A Mess

#7 - Holy Mackerel, What A Mess

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 25, 2020

After a triple crash, the crew from Chatham struggles to keep a mangled truck in one piece; a complicated air cushion job tests a new rotator operator; the new heavy crew at Metro gets a bad case of déjà vu.

star 8.11
18 votes
A Very Long Night

#8 - A Very Long Night

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 20, 2018

A storm sweeps across the province, sending heavy rescue crews scrambling; in Hamilton, Kevin fights to clear a wreck in time for the plows to get through.

star 8.10
41 votes
Always Makes My Knees Knock

#9 - Always Makes My Knees Knock

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 31, 2020

Mitch's new partnership with his brother is put to the test in the aftermath of a brutal storm; Eric, Derek and crew take on a load of steel pipes, threatening to spring loose on the road; Andrew and his team wrestle difficult cargo.

star 8.06
16 votes
That Highway Is The Lifeline

#10 - That Highway Is The Lifeline

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 3, 2020

Herb's team fights fire while tussling with a burned-out semi; as whiteouts rage across the 402 in Sarnia, Mark fights his way through a long backup to reach a job; a unique recovery crew faces a heavy load of peat moss and trailer ready to split.

star 8.06
18 votes
You Are Never Safe

#11 - You Are Never Safe

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 24, 2020

Snow squalls attack Highway 402, sending Gary, Collin and Mark to work deep in the trees; a fuel tanker rolls next to rail lines in Toronto's industrial port lands; the Chatham crew improvises against a fire-ravaged wreck.

star 8.06
18 votes
Free The Highway

#12 - Free The Highway

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 4, 2020

A 70-vehicle whiteout crash shuts down Highway 400 and the OPP jumps to organize an army of recovery crews; the Sarnia team struggles to recover a severely damaged trailer without losing the load.

star 8.05
19 votes
Take A Deep Breath

#13 - Take A Deep Breath

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 14, 2020

When a tanker bursts open east of Toronto, a young operator faces a toxic mess; Gary reacts fast when he spots a dangerous mistake on the road; a rookie takes the controls for his first heavy job.

star 8.04
25 votes
We're Not Safe Here

#14 - We're Not Safe Here

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 26, 2019

Collin gets caught in the middle of icy roads; Collin attempts his first solo recovery; Bubba fights to stop a fuel leak and a buckling trailer.

star 8.04
26 votes
Between Life and Death

#15 - Between Life and Death

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 2, 2019

Andrew's sister joins the crew for her first recovery; Eric attempts to keep his crew safe; Collin's once-in-a-lifetime job goes wrong.

star 8.00
24 votes
There's Always Fear

#16 - There's Always Fear

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 21, 2020

Steve's crew battles a fiery wreck in the heart of Toronto; the OPP takes to the air to keep the roads safe; when freezing rain ices up the highway around London, a newly-promoted rotator operator gets his first big test.

star 8.00
19 votes
Anything Can Happen

#17 - Anything Can Happen

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 24, 2017

James and Bubba recover a semi that smashed into a building without bringing down the whole structure; Kevin faces problems with a tractor-trailer that has crashed in deep mud.

star 7.97
182 votes
Plan of Attack

#18 - Plan of Attack

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 19, 2019

The Ross crew responds to an overturned wreck; the road to the boarder is shut down; John faces a steep ravine for a recovery.

star 7.96
27 votes
Skyway Thru Hell

#19 - Skyway Thru Hell

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 23, 2018

When a violent windstorm flips a tractor-trailer on an exposed bridge, Kevin works under the most difficult and dangerous conditions of his career; James takes on a wind-battered wreck of his own.

star 7.91
47 votes
It Only Takes A Second

#20 - It Only Takes A Second

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 2, 2018

Sonny and the team from Steve's Towing fight to remove the wreckage of a dump truck embedded in an overpass on the 401; James Ireland faces a trailer threatening to cave in on his crew.

star 7.91
56 votes
This Is Chaos

#21 - This Is Chaos

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 9, 2018

A freak storm unleashes a 100-car pileup east of Toronto, pushing Steve and Sonny to lead the recovery charge; Kevin fights a tough wreck after a trucker smashes into an orchard.

star 7.91
55 votes
 Only Getting Worse

#22 - Only Getting Worse

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 5, 2019

The crew scrambles to keep the roads open during a whiteout, but drivers wind up stranded on the 402; John battles high winds during a job high above the 401.

star 7.90
31 votes
Honour Guard

#23 - Honour Guard

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 7, 2017

Gary's second-in-command Kyle tangles with a wreck that will prove if he's got what it takes to lead the team; Sonny heads to the scene of a violent jackknife where curious drivers are causing further problems.

star 7.90
140 votes
We're Jumping In

#24 - We're Jumping In

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 7, 2020

After three decades on the highway, a major change forces Eric Godard to adapt to a new crew on a tough rollover; a vicious pre-winter storm pushes Sonny into urgent on-the-job training; a jet fuel spill shuts down the entire 401.

star 7.89
28 votes
Nerves of Steel

#25 - Nerves of Steel

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 14, 2017

A whiteout pile-up scatters heavy I-beams across the highway, testing James and his crew; Kevin must lift a 20,000-pound chunk of steel off the road. Herb's crew stares down a huge mess and a marathon recovery in tough condition.

star 7.89
140 votes