Commuters traveling on Highway 401 should brace themselves for a rough morning. Emergency crews are currently working to clean up a Highway 401 crash following a fatal double collision in Mississauga last night. The accident occurred around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11. However, cleanup is still underway and is expected to continue throughout the day, the OPP tells The Toronto Star.

UPDATE: Eastbound collector lanes have now reopened between Highway 410 and Dixie Road. One lane remains shut down for guard rail repairs. A number of eastbound express lanes have also reopened at Hurontario Street.

EARLIER: A total of three vehicles were involved in the deadly crash. A silver Mazda, a Corvette, and a transport truck were a travelling in the eastbound lanes of the highway near Dixie Road when the accident took place. Two people were killed as a result of the accident. 

"Obviously a huge mess on the highway right now," Schmidt OPP Sergeant Kerry Schmidt told CP24 in an interview. "Our collision reconstruction team continues to investigate. The cleanup crews are just beginning the work of getting the transport truck upright, and out of here so we can get the highway reopened."

"There's still a lot of highway damage as well. That's gonna have extended lane restrictions throughout the morning and even possibly into this afternoon before we have everything cleaned up completely."

The clean up will likely result in longer travel times for commuters in the Dixie Road area for most of Monday due to the ongoing investigation and removal efforts.

As of Monday morning, both eastbound express and collector lanes are closed between Highway 410 and Dixie Road. The initial closure of Highway 401 through Dixie Road has now been reduced from Hurontario Street to Highway 410. According to Newstalk1010, highway traffic may not return to normal until noon on Monday.

 

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