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6 in hospital after transport slams into vehicles on Highway 401 near Port Hope

6 in hospital following collision on Hwy. 401 near Port Hope
Six people were sent to hospital following a multi-vehicle collision on Highway 401 near Port Hope on Thursday night.

Six people were sent to hospital following a major pileup on Highway 401 just east of Port Hope on Thursday night.

Around 9 p.m., emergency services responded to the multi-vehicle collision in the eastbound lanes near the Hamilton Township overpass following reports a tractor-trailer collided with several vehicles.

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Two vehicles were found on the highway while a van and a transport truck were in a ditch, all with significant damage.

Paramedics say four people in one van, a person in another van and one person in a car were all transported to Northumberland Hills Hospital in Cobourg with injuries ranging from minor to critical.

Northumberland OPP on Friday morning said one of the victims – a 55-year-old woman – was airlifted to a Toronto-area hospital with serious injuries.

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The transport driver was not injured.

The highway’s eastbound lanes were closed all night and reopened around 7:20 a.m. Friday.

The Ministry of the Environment also attended the scene to address a diesel fuel leak.

OPP continue to investigate the cause of the collision.

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