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3 tractor-trailers collide on Hwy. 401; 3 people injured

Last Updated Jul 19, 2018 at 11:30 am EDT

A major crash shuts down part of Highway 401 near Allen Road on July 19, 2018. Photo Credit: Atiya Lalji/@AtiyaLalji

A major crash on Highway 401 has sent three people to hospital in serious condition.

It happened just before 1 a.m. on Thursday on the eastbound express lanes at Yonge Street.

OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said the crash involved three transport trucks and two other vehicles.

One of the tractor-trailers flipped over, trapping a man inside for roughly 25 minutes.

Toronto fire and paramedics pulled the man, believed to be in his 40s, from the vehicle. He was then taken to a trauma centre with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Another man was also rushed to a trauma centre with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

A third victim was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Highway 401 eastbound express lanes were closed at Allen Road for the majority of the night. They reopened just around 6 a.m. The westbound express lanes are shut down at Highway 404.

Schmidt said the highway is expected to fully reopen at 8:30 a.m.