2 dead, 3 others injured after crash on Highway 401 in Mississauga

The scene of a fatal crash on Highway 401 in Mississauga near Winston Churchill Boulevard.
The scene of a fatal crash on Highway 401 in Mississauga near Winston Churchill Boulevard. Gord Edick / Global News

Ontario Provincial Police say two people are dead after a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 401 in Mississauga Saturday morning.

Police said they were called to the collision just east of Winston Churchill Boulevard at 8:52 a.m.

“Arriving on scene there was … three vehicles initially involved: a Lexus SUV,  a Ford truck and a Dodge caravan minivan,” OPP Const. Kevin Westhead said.

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“The preliminary investigation suggests that two of those vehicles were in fact westbound on the 401 when an initial collision occurred.”

Westhead said two of the three vehicles ended up in the eastbound lanes, while the third remained in the westbound lanes.

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“Two of the parties in the Ford truck were unfortunately pronounced deceased on scene,” Westhead said.

“The third was transported to hospital and at this point it is still reported that they are in critical condition.”

Peel paramedics indicated a total of three people were injured in the crash in addition to the victims who died. Paramedics said they transported two males to hospital, and treated another person at the scene.

In a follow-up tweet, police said one of the deceased individuals was a man, while the other was a woman. Peel paramedics initially reported both were male.

Police also initially said one of the victims that was transported to hospital died, but later said that wasn’t the case.

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Westhead said closures were expected to remain in place for several hours — possibly into Sunday — as repairs were made to the highway and as officers investigated.