Deadly crash closes 401 westbound

A BMW driver is dead and two other people are in hospital, one gravely hurt, following an early morning collision on Highway 401 westbound near Highway 427.
The burned-out interior of the BMW in Sunday's crash on Highway 401. The driver was declared dead at the scene. (Ivy Cuervo/CBC)

A dramatic collision early Sunday morning on Highway 401 in northwest Toronto left a man dead and two others in hospital, one with serious injuries.

The westbound portion of the thoroughfare, including collector and express lanes, as well as one eastbound lane were closed until mid-afternoon but have reopened. 

The crash happened at Martin Grove Road, just east of Highway 427 and the Toronto airport, at around 6:45 a.m. A BMW heading west hit the 401's concrete dividing barrier, then ricocheted back into traffic, according to Sgt. Dave Woodford of the Ontario Provincial Police.

Police examine the BMW, which was struck by a tractor trailer in the 401's westbound lanes. (Ivy Cuervo/CBC)

Almost immediately, a westbound tractor trailer plowed into the BMW, which caught fire and was engulfed in flames.

The BMW driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The tractor trailer's driver and passenger were taken to Sunnybrook hospital, one gravely hurt and the other with minor injuries.

Police had no immediate information on the identity of the man driving the BMW.