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Police identify 2 women killed in multi-vehicle crash on QEW in Burlington

Last Updated Jan 27, 2021 at 12:24 pm EDT

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have identified two women that died in a multi-vehicle collision on the QEW in Burlington.

Burlington OPP was dispatched shortly before 6:00 a.m. Tuesday after four vehicles collided on the eastbound QEW at Brant Street.

The two women were in the same vehicle at the time and were heading westbound when they crossed over to the eastbound lanes of the highway. It’s then they collided head-on with an oncoming car and a pickup truck.

Both were killed instantly and one of the women was ejected from the vehicle upon impact.

On Wednesday, OPP identified the female driver as Ceara Publuske of Kitchener and the passenger as Courtney Duguay of Owen Sound.

“The Mitsubishi also hit a Ford F-1 50 with significant damages and ultimately resulting in the two female occupants of the Mitsubishi being pronounced dead on [the] scene,” OPP Const. Kevin Westhead told 680 NEWS.

“There was a fourth vehicle involved. That one ended up in the ditch and rolled over.”

Westhead says as of yet officers have not ruled out high speed as a factor in the crash, adding that there were no traffic or weather conditions at that time.

One other person was taken to a trauma centre in critical condition and two others were taken to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

Multiple lanes were closed for several hours following the crash and reopened late Tuesday afternoon.

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