Multiple dead in Highway 401 crash near Prescott

(Newswatch Group/File)

PRESCOTT/JOHNSTOWN – Two people have been killed in a five vehicle crash in the eastbound lanes of Highway 401 near Prescott.

Emergency responders were called to the area of the highway, east of the Edward Street interchange at Prescott, around 10:40 p.m. Monday.

Grenville County O.P.P. say two transport trucks and three vehicles were involved.

Two people died at the scene, while three were transported to area hospitals by ambulance – one by air ambulance with serious life-threatening injuries.

No identities have been released until family is notified.

A 60-year-old man from Brossard, Que. has already been charged in connection with the crash. He’s facing charges of dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

His name has not been released.

The crash happened along the same stretch of Highway 401 where two tractor-trailers – one pulling a box trailer and the other a tanker trailer carrying fuel – collided in the westbound lanes earlier in the afternoon on Monday.

The westbound lanes were closed at the time of the late evening fatal crash in the eastbound lanes, though it’s not known whether it was a contributing factor.

The identities of the victims have not been released until family is notified.

Eastbound traffic is being detoured via County Road 2 at Maitland Road. The highway reopened to westbound traffic around 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Given the nature of the crash, the eastbound side of the highway will likely be closed for some time today (Tuesday).

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