Two people are dead and four are injured following a three-vehicle collision on Highway 401 in Mississauga, Ont., Peel paramedics say.
Four people were transported to hospital with a variety of injuries and one person was transported to a trauma centre, paramedics say. One person was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident and one of those transported to hospital has since died, according to Sgt. Kerry Schmidt, spokesperson for Ontario Provincial Police's Highway Safety Division.
One of the injured remains in life-threatening condition while the remaining three are in serious but stable condition.
Schmidt said initial reports are that the driver of a red Chevrolet Corvette travelling eastbound on Highway 401 in the collector lane, lost control of their vehicle after overtaking the transport truck.
"The Corvette slammed into the side of the transport truck, rolled over the concrete median into the express lanes and slammed into a silver vehicle," Schmidt said.
"The transport truck was completely consumed by fire."
Schmidt said the collision has resulted in "massive damage" to the median concrete wall which separates the express lanes from the collector lane.
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The eastbound lanes on Highway 401 will be closed between Highway 403 and Dixie Road for investigation.
"This will be a significant cleanup and will take, I would say, the better portion of the night," Schmidt said.
Do not drive the wrong way on the highway, police say
Meanwhile, Peel Regional Police saythe fatal collision at Highway 401 has prompted motorists stuck in traffic to drive the wrong way on the highway as well as across surrounding green spaces to get around the collision.
"Officers are working as fast as possible to help drivers around the accident safely," Peel police said in a tweet, in which they urged motorists not to drive the wrong way on the highway.
If you are caught in the traffic, DO NOT DRIVE THE WRONG WAY ON THE HIGHWAY or through green spaces. A fatal collision has occurred and officers are working as fast as possible to help drivers around the accident safely. <a href="https://twitter.com/OPP_HSD?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@OPP_HSD</a>
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