Driver dies of injuries after Hwy. 404 pileup

Driver dies of injuries after Hwy. 404 pileup

One of six people seriously injured in a crash on Highway 404 north of Toronto on Tuesday has died of his injuries, according to provincial police.

The person’s identity has not yet been released.

The pileup occurred at approximately 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, involving six vehicles including a motorcycle.

Six people were taken to hospital, according to Sgt. Dave Woodford, four of them with life-threatening injuries.

Two others suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene.

Woodford said the pileup might have been caused by a vehicle crossing the median from the northbound lane into the southbound lane.

Motorist James Heaver survived the crash without injury, but somehow ended up with a motorcycle wedged under his car.

“You’re doing 100 kilometres down the highway and cars are flying at you, around you and over you… it’s pretty messy,” he told CTV Toronto.

Before emergency crews arrived at the scene, Heaver said drivers rushed to help the victims.

“Everyone was just trying to hold each other’s hands, talking to them, yelling at them … trying to get them to stay coherent,” he said. “If you saw the vehicles from the top…people were crushed in there.”

The crash shut down a stretch of the highway, stranding drivers for about seven hours.

With a report from CTV Toronto’s John Musselman