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Man critically injured in Hwy. 401 crash in Whitby

The aftermath of a crash between a transport truck and a pickup truck on Highway 401 near Lake Ridge Road in Whitby on Sept. 16, 2017. TWITTER/Sgt. Kerry Schmidt

A man is in critical condition after a crash on Highway 401 in Whitby late Friday night.

It happened around 11:30 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of the highway near Lake Ridge Road.

OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said a pickup truck slammed into the back of a transport truck which had slowed to a stop due to construction.

The passenger side of the pickup ended up under the trailer and the driver was trapped.

Crews extricated him and took him to a local hospital at first. He was then airlifted to a trauma centre in Toronto with life-threatening injuries.

He was the only one in the pickup when the crash happened. Police have no information on his age or where he lives.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.

The highway was closed for almost five hours for the investigation.

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