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Multi-vehicle crash closes 401 0

JOYCE CASSIN and PETE FISHER Northumberland Today.com

COBOURG - At least four people had to be extricated from their vehicles following a multi-vehicle collision in the eastbound lanes of Highway 401 at County Road 18 in Cobourg yesterday afternoon.

Six vehicles, including two tractor trailers, were involved in the crash which occurred at about 3:30 p.m. and shut down the eastbound lanes for about ten hours.

Four land ambulances and two air ambulances were called in to assist with the injured. Baltimore and Cobourg fire departments also responded.

It is believed a transport slammed into slow-moving vehicles at an area west of the Burnham Street bridge, where one lane was closed due to construction.

A car driven by a Cobourg woman on her way to pick up her children from school was pushed approximately 200 metres by the transport before coming to a stop.

The woman was trapped and had to be extricated.

Three people in an SUV also had to be extricated and airlifted to Toronto.

Police say had anyone been in the rear seats of either the car or the SUV, they likely would not have survived.

Among the injured were three people in a van and at least one person in a pickup truck.

The pickup and van both sustained heavy damage.

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