|A tow truck holds up the burnt tractor trailor as workers remove its contents. Three died in the collision between the truck and a van that also sent four to hospital. (KATHRYN BURNHAM/QMI AGENCY)
CORNWALL, Ont. — Highway 401 was closed own for about 10 hours after a triple fatal collision early Monday, in which a two-month-old baby from Quebec was one of the victims.
Both eastbound and westbound lanes were opened after 11:30 a.m., having been closed after the 1 a.m. crash.
A tractor-trailer and a van collided west of Iroquois, Ont., police say, causing a fire in the eastbound lanes of the highway. Both cars ended up in the south ditch.
Three of the brown Chevy van’s occupants died in the collision. Ontario Provincial Police have identified them as two-month-old Moriah Gloria Warren, Elissa Ried, 22, and Sheila McGlashen, 78.
They were all from Chateauguay, Que.
Three other occupants of the van were rushed to Winchester District Memorial Hospital and later transfered to Ottawa Civic Hospital. They have serious, but non-life threatening injuries.
The driver of the tractor-trailer, Sergey Lucin, 44, was sent to Cornwall Community Hospital with minor injuries and has been released.
Both eastbound and westbound lanes of the highway were closed between Cardinal (exit 730) and Morrisburg (exit 750).
The westbound lane was opened around 9:30 a.m. and one eastbound lane was opened around 11:30 a.m. Crews were working Monday to remove the tractor trailer’s load.
The crash is still under investigation.