UPDATE: Fatal collision closes Highway 401 in Lakeshore

An Ontario Provincial Police cruiser. (Photo courtesy of the OPP)

Two people are dead and three others are injured after a three-vehicle collision on the 401 in Lakeshore Friday night.

Lakeshore OPP responded to the collision in the eastbound lanes on Highway 401 just east of Belle River Road around 7:25 p.m.

Police said two passenger vehicles collided with a commercial vehicle.

The two occupants of one of the passenger vehicles involved were pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the commercial motor vehicle was transported by ambulance to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The occupants of the second passenger vehicle were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Police said the names of the deceased are not being released at this time.

Members of the West Region Traffic Incident Management and Enforcement Team are assisting Lakeshore OPP with the investigation.

The eastbound lanes of Highway 401 at Belle River Road reopened Saturday morning at around 9 a.m. after being closed for several hours.

The OPP is continuing to investigate and is seeking public assistance with this investigation. Investigators are looking to speak to any witnesses or members of the motoring public that may have captured this crash on dash camera or anyone that witnessed the event. If anyone has any information, they are being asked to call police at 1-888-310-1122.

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