Woman dead, 3 injured in crash on Highway 401 in Toronto – CBC.ca

Woman dead, 3 injured in crash on Highway 401 in Toronto - CBC.ca
Woman, 32, dies after multi-vehicle crash on Hwy. 401
A Toronto woman is dead and three other people injured after a crash on Highway 401 in the city early Saturday, police say.

The crash occurred in the eastbound express lanes of Highway 401 near Islington Avenue. Ontario Provincial Police were called to the scene around 1:15 a.m.

One vehicle came to almost a complete stop, another vehicle was moving very slowly and the the third vehicle with three occupants slammed into the back of that slowing or stopped traffic, Schmidt said. The 32 year-old rear seat passenger was taken to hospital with critical injuries but was pronounced dead en route to hospital. The male passenger in the rear seat as well as the male driver was taken to hospital but they only suffered minor injuries.

The woman, 32, was a passenger in a vehicle and died on the way to hospital, according to Sgt. Kerry Schmidt, spokesperson for the OPP's Highway Safety Division.

Schmidt said police are investigating whether the vehicle transporting the woman was an Uber. Officers are expecting to question the driver.

The woman was travelling with her husband. He and the driver suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries in the crash.

There were initial reports from the scene suggesting that the victim was travelling in a ride-sharing vehicle, however that detail has not been confirmed by police.

Traffic was slowing in the eastbound express lanes due to construction ahead when the vehicle transporting the woman and her husband was unable to slow down in time, Schmidt said.

At this point no charges have been laid but we are still investigating. We will be speaking with the drivers this morning, he said.

It crashed into another vehicle and pushed that vehicle into a third vehicle, he said. The third vehicle was practically stopped.

Two of the vehicles involved in a deadly three-vehicle crash on Hwy. 401 near Islington Avenue are shown.

Police are considering whether speeding, distracted driving, human error or mechanical failure played a role in the crash. 

The highway was closed overnight for an investigation but reopened at 5:10 a.m., according to the OPP.

Toronto paramedics rushed the woman to a trauma centre but she was pronounced dead before she arrived. The driver, the woman's husband and another person from another vehicle were taken to hospital.

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Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or who has relevant dashboard camera video is urged to call the OPP.

The highway was closed for several hours but has since been reopened. Police say impairment, aggressive driving and distracted driving are all being investigated as circumstances surrounding the crash.

One of three vehicles involved in a fatal collision in the eastbound lanes of Hwy. 401 near Islington Avenue on Saturday morning is shown.

A female passenger in the backseat of the first vehicle, a 32-year-old from Toronto, suffered life-threatening injuries and died while en route to a trauma centre.

Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Kerry Schmidt tells CP24 that traffic was slowing down in the area due to construction when a vehicle with three occupants, including the 32-year-old woman, set off a chain-reaction collision.

One vehicle came to almost a complete stop, another vehicle was moving very slowly and the the third vehicle with three occupants slammed into the back of that slowing or stopped traffic, Schmidt said. The 32 year-old rear seat passenger was taken to hospital with critical injuries but was pronounced dead en route to hospital. The male passenger in the rear seat as well as the male driver was taken to hospital but they only suffered minor injuries.

There were initial reports from the scene suggesting that the victim was travelling in a ride-sharing vehicle, however that detail has not been confirmed by police.

A 32-year-old woman is dead following a three car crash on Highway 401 in the west end early Saturday morning.

Schmidt said that the female victim was from the Toronto area and was in the back seat of the vehicle with her husband. He said that both parties had their seatbelts on at the time.

At this point no charges have been laid but we are still investigating. We will be speaking with the drivers this morning, he said.

The highway was closed overnight for an investigation but reopened at 5:10 a.m., according to the OPP.