July 12, 2019 3:57 pm
Updated: July 15, 2019 4:45 pm

1 dead following serious collision west of Napanee

A collision involving at least five vehicles has shut down Highway 401 west of Napanee. OPP are reporting serious injuries.

A collision involving at least five vehicles has shut down Highway 401 west of Napanee. OPP are reporting serious injuries.

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A woman has died as a result of a serious collision on Highway 401 west of Napanee, according to provincial police.

This is the second crash to occur in the eastbound lanes of Highway 401 in that area on Friday.

READ MORE: Eastbound lanes of Hwy. 401 closed in Napanee due to serious collision, OPP say

OPP closed all lanes of the highway between Shannonville Road and Marysville Road in Tyendinaga Township to deal with the collision that involved seven vehicles, including one transport truck. Damage to the vehicles ranged from minor to extremely severe — one red Jeep was overturned, and a silver vehicle was nearly demolished.

OPP say a 29-year-old Elizabeth Morgan of Enterprise, Ont., was killed as a result of the collision, and that her family was on the scene and asked for privacy.

Three other people were injured with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Some of those people had to be extricated from their vehicles.

Two Ornge helicopters were sent to respond to the collision, but both were cancelled.

OPP say they are still investigating the collision, and that they have not made a decision on whether charges will be laid. OPP are asking anyone with information or footage of the crash to contact them at 1-888-310-1122.

This collision comes just minutes after OPP cleared another serious collision that happened earlier Friday morning.

The first crash happened around 5 a.m. and closed the eastbound lanes of the Highway until about 3:30 p.m. The second collision happened shortly after the eastbound lanes were reopened, around 4 p.m.

There have been reports that some people were driving the wrong way on the highway to circumvent the traffic.

“Do not attempt to drive the wrong way to exit the highway,” OPP said in a press release.

The closure of the eastbound lanes lasted until early Saturday morning.

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