Fiery crash on Toronto highway leaves 5 dead, vehicles destroyed

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Multiple fatalities were reported in a fiery multi-vehicle crash Friday night on Highway 400 in north Toronto when a car drove into the back of a transport truck.

Paramedics pronounced five victims dead at the scene: three adults and two children.

Northbound lanes on the highway re-opened around 8 a.m. Saturday. Southbound lanes are expected to be closed for several more hours.

Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said the crash happened in the highway’s southbound lanes shortly before 10 p.m. ET. The OPP says a total of 12 vehicles were involved in the pileup, some of which sustained massive damage.

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Police say 12 vehicles were involved in the crash. (Mehrdad Nazarahari/CBC)

“These vehicles are completely unrecognizable,” he said. “I think this is one of the most incredible scenes I’ve ever been to in terms of the number of fatalities and just the trauma that’s been sustained and the way these vehicles ended up.”

Schmidt said one of the truck trailers and several vehicles were gutted by a fire that was ignited by the crash.

The identities of those killed are being withheld pending notification of their next of kin.

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(Canadian Press)

No word on cause

Along with the fatalities, two people were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, while several others sustained minor injuries and remained at the scene.

There was no early word on a possible cause for the horrific accident, though Schmidt noted the weather and road conditions were both good, and there was no highway construction underway at the crash site.

He expected the OPP’s collision reconstruction team would remain at the scene well into Saturday morning.

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Police say the vehicles involved, including a transport truck, were left unrecognizable due to the amount of damage they sustained. (Mehrdad Nazarahari/CBC)

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Fiery crash on Toronto highway leaves 5 dead, vehicles destroyed

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