Originally posted on National Post | News:

At least five people have been injured, some critically, in a multi-vehicle collision in wintry weather on a busy southern Ontario highway.

Police reopened the westbound lanes of Highway 401 between Newcastle and Newtonville around 11:40 p.m. ET and the eastbound lanes a couple of hours earlier.

Provincial police said five people were transported to hospital, two with life-threatening injuries, and one was re-routed to Sunnybrook Medical Centre in Toronto.

Aaron Lazarus of Lakeridge Health says police were going from car to car checking for injured people on the closed 10-kilometre stretch of highway about 80 kilometres east of Toronto.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Matthew Walton

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Matthew Walton

Reports say dozens of vehicles were involved in the Friday afternoon collision, but police say they don’t have a count. Firefighters say one driver had to be cut from his rig.

Provincial police say Highway 401 westbound lanes at Newtonville were closed due to the multi-vehicle…

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