Two dead after fiery collision on 401 near Port Hope

Times Staff – Highway 401 was closed in both directions for several hours overnight following a deadly accident between Port Hope and Cobourg late on Thursday night.

The collision involved a tractor trailer, along with a pickup truck and a sedan, and happened in the eastbound lanes of the highway at approximately 10:30 p.m. on August 3, 2017.

According to the OPP, traffic was slowing down for construction occurring at Burnham Street in Cobourg when the tractor trailer collided with the other two vehicles.

All three vehicles became ignited, and two people were pronounced at the scene of the accident. The names of the deceased have not yet been released as authorities work to notify next-of-kins.

Both directions of the highway were closed for several hours between Toronto Rd. in Port Hope and Burnham Street in Cobourg for several hours. Constable Tanya Royall of the Northumberland OPP stated that the westbound lanes were closed due to poor visibility caused by the amount of smoke, while the eastbound lanes required surface repairs to be performed by the Ministry of Transportation.

The westbound lanes were reopened on Friday morning, while the eastbound lanes remained closed until nearly 4:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon.

FEATURED PHOTO: Firefighters work to put out a fire in a tractor-trailer following a fatal collision between Port Hope and Cobourg on August 3, 2017. (Photo: Colin Williamson)

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