In a devastating collision on Canada's busiest highway, a 4-year-old was thrown from a car on highway 401 when the vehicle she was travelling in collided with a transport truck. The collision took place in the eastbound lanes of the 401 near Winston Churchill Boulevard, in Mississauga.
According to the Ontario Provincial Police, both vehicles were heading east when they collided. It's unclear what caused the accident, but the car, which police say is an SUV, ended up rolling over at which point the 4-year-old passenger inside the car was ejected from the vehicle.
Sergeant Kerry Schmidt of the Ontario Provincial Police also confirmed that the 4-year-old sustained life-threatening injuries and has since been transported to the hospital. Meanwhile, there were two other people in the SUV. Sgt. Schmidt reveals that the driver suffered some minor injuries and a 2-year-old child who was also in the car remarkably was uninjured. The truck driver was also uninjured in the crash.
The driver remained on the scene of the crash and was speaking with officers who arrived to investigate. Both young passengers and the driver in that SUV were taken to the hospital, where the 4-year-old remains in life-threatening condition. The nature of the relationship between these three individuals is unknown currently.
Now, in the wake of the crash is a major traffic headache, which unfortunately is happening in the middle of rush hour. All eastbound lanes of the 401 are closed at Winston Churchill while the westbound lanes are slowing down as people look at the crash.
Pictures of the traffic situation on the 401 have since been shared on Twitter and it looks rough.
According to CTV News, Schmidt says he expects that the highway will remain closed for several hours as the investigation continues. Commuters are advised to take alternate routes home.