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1 dead in 7-vehicle crash on Hwy. 400 near Finch

Last Updated Jun 24, 2021 at 9:50 pm EDT

Emergency crews at the scene of a fatal crash on Highway 400 near Finch Avenue on June 24, 2021. CITYNEWS

One man is dead after a seven-vehicle collision on Highway 400 in Toronto.

Provincial police said the crash happened on the southbound lanes of the highway near Finch Avenue just before 7 a.m. on Thursday.

OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said six vehicles and a transport truck were involved, and one vehicle caught fire. A 30-year-old man from Richmond Hill was pronounced dead at the scene.

One other person received minor injuries and was taken to hospital as a precaution while four others were treated at the scene.

Police said vehicles were slowing down in the middle lanes due to traffic, when witnesses said the truck plowed into the back of a vehicle, causing a chain-reaction crash.

The southbound lanes of the highway were closed from Finch to Highway 401 for more than 12 hours.