Hwy. 401 eastbound express lanes reopen after female pedestrian struck and critically injured
Published Thursday, October 14, 2021 3:10PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, October 14, 2021 5:41PM EDT
The eastbound express lanes of Highway 401 have reopened after being shut down for several hours following a collision that critically injured a female pedestrian on the busy highway.
A truck hit the woman in the eastbound express 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.
The eastbound express lanes were shut down for several hours between Allen Road and Yonge Street so that a collision reconstruction team could investigate and the ramp from northbound Allen Road to eastbound Highway 401 was also closed.
Both reopened by around 5:30 p.m.
The driver of the transport truck stopped and is cooperating with police, Schmidt said.
OPP are asking for the public’s help in identifying the pedestrian. Police described her as between 30 and 40 years old with long dark hair and was wearing grey pants, a brown wool sweater, white running shoes and white gloves.
“If you have any information that can assist us, please call the police. We want to help identify this person and notify family,” Schmidt said.
OPP are also looking to speak with anyone who witnessed the collision.
“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.