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Fatal two-car crash that shut down Highway 401 eastbound express in Pickering reopens

Click to play video: 'Crash on Highway 401 in Pickering kills 73-year-old man' Crash on Highway 401 in Pickering kills 73-year-old man
WATCH ABOVE: Crash on Highway 401 in Pickering claims the life of a 73-year-old man. Brittany Rosen reports – Jun 25, 2021

The Ontario Provincial Police say the eastbound express lanes on Highway 401 at Whites Roads in Pickering have reopened after a two-car collision claimed the life of a 73-year-old man.

OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said the crash happened just before 7:30 a.m. Friday when a vehicle stalled on the right shoulder was rear-ended by another vehicle.

The man, a Vaughan resident, in the stopped vehicle suffered critical injuries and was treated at the scene.

He died a short time later, Schmidt said.

Read more: Highway 400 southbound at Finch Avenue reopens after fatal collision

The driver that struck the disabled vehicle is a 17-year-old with a G2 license from Toronto, Schmidt said, adding that alcohol and distraction are being investigated as possible factors.

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Ornge air ambulance was forced to land on the highway to transport the person to a trauma centre, Schmidt said.

The collectors lanes were temporarily closed for the air ambulance but have since reopened, OPP said.

Police shut down the express lanes at Port Union but the highway reopened just before noon.

Ornge air ambulance landing on Highway 401 eastbound at Whites Road on June 25, 2021. Kimberley Fowler / Global News
Ornge air ambulance lands on Highway 401 near Whites Road in Pickering. Global News

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