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UPDATE: Hwy. 401 westbound lanes reopened between Brighton and Colborne

Westbound lanes of Highway 401 have reopened traffic between Exit 509 (County Rd. 30, Brighton) and Exit 497 (Big Apple Dr., Colborne), Northumberland OPP announced.

The lanes were closed while police investigated a motor vehicle collision that occurred near mile marker 501 at 6:32 a.m. involving a 2000 Pontiac Sunfire with two occupants.

Both occupants were transported to hospital by EMS, the OPP noted. The female passenger received minor injuries and the male driver sustained life-threatening injuries and has been subsequently airlifted to a Toronto area trauma centre.

OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigators and Reconstructionists were dispatched to the scene to assist with the investigation.