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Deadly crash closes 401 in Mississauga, kills two (update)

The collision involved two vehicles and a tractor trailer
OPP file photo

Update: Provincial Police originally reported a third person had succumbed to their injuries, but later confirmed that the third person remained in critical care.

Two people have died and one person remains in critical care after a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 401 in Mississauga.

The crash happened just before 10 a.m. Saturday in the area of Winston Churchill Boulevard, causing Ontario Provincial Police to close the highway between Mississauga Road and Highway 407 in both directions.

Provincial police say a Ford F-150 pickup and a Lexus SUV were traveling westbound - when they collided with each other just before 9 a.m. The impact of the crash sent the Ford over the median into eastbound traffic where it hit an oncoming Dodge Caravan.

Police initially reported that three men had died in the collision, but later updated that statement.

OPP have confirmed the deceased are a 62 year-old male, Changding Zou and a 35 year-old female, Ting Zou of Scarborough. Another 38 year-old male from Scarborough is in critical but stable condition. All three individuals are said to be occupants of the Ford F-150 pickup. 

As of 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Provincial Police say the on-scene investigation concluded, though the area still remained closed for several hours after that on Saturday, so MTO could continue to assess the damage. 

The left lane and shoulder in both directions are still closed because of the crash.

Police are asking any witnesses to contact them at 1-905-878-8670.

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