401 Collectors Eastbound Closed

Another Gruesome Day on the 401

After last week's truck fire on the 401, expect this evening's commute on the continent's busiest highway to be just as bad.

According to 680 News, the eastbound collector lanes of the 401 have just been closed east of the 400 due to a criminal investigation.

This afternoon a man was shot several times and thrown from a moving Lexus, which exited the highway at Keele. The victim was was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. If it's not too late, it's highly advisable to think of alternative routes to avoid the standstill.

More on this story at The Star.com and CBC.

CityNews also reports that the main suspect could be a woman, and that the Lexus was found on fire near Albion and Weston. They also speculate that the closure might end up lasting hours.

Photo c/o Ministry of Transportation.

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UPDATE: The police have identified the victim and are questioning the woman who owns the vehicle but have refused to release names as of press time. CityNews provides a timeline of events, and as suspected road closures lasted until 11pm last night. Metro reports that frustrated drivers caught in the jam abandoned their vehicles on the highway, making the 401 an oversized parking lot.


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