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Hwy. 401 eastbound collector lanes closed after female pedestrian struck and critically injured

TORONTO —
The eastbound collector lanes of Highway 401 have been shut down in Toronto after a female pedestrian was struck and critically injured on the busy highway.

A truck hit her in the eastbound collector lanes just east of Yonge Street shortly before 1 p.m.

“The female was apparently in a live lane of traffic when she was struck by a transport truck, and our investigation obviously is just in its infancy, trying to determine exactly what led her to that location and why,” Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said in a post on Twitter.

The pedestrian was transported to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

In the meantime, the eastbound collector lanes have been shut down between Allen Road and Yonge Street so that a collision reconstruction team can investigate. The ramp from northbound Allen Road to eastbound Highway 401 is also closed as police investigate.

Schmidt said the closures are expected to last for several hours.

The driver of the transport truck stopped and is cooperating with police, he said.

OPP are looking to speak with anyone who witnessed the collision, Schmidt said.

“If there are any witnesses, anyone saw what happened, or anyone saw a pedestrian prior to the collision that happened just a few minutes ago, we would certainly want to speak to you,” Schmidt said.

He urged anyone with information, particularly anyone with dashcam footage or who saw the pedestrian, to call the Toronto OPP detachment.


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