Two men are dead after a car being driven the wrong way on Highway 401 collided with two vehicles near Brock Road in Pickering early Saturday.

OPP received a number of calls around 2:30 a.m. of a vehicle driving the wrong way on Highway 401. Two minutes after officers were dispatched, they received reports of a collision on Highway 401 near Brock Road. 

The 25-year-old male driver of the Mazda SUV which was going westbound in the eastbound lanes died in the crash. A 33-year-old Oshawa man in an eastbound vehicle was also killed.  

"It's a tragic situation," OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt told CBC News.

A third car did not stop in time and also collided with the cars. The driver suffered minor injuries.

Tow truck operator Ricky Marquardt was one of the first people on the scene.

Marquardt said he was driving eastbound on the 401 at around 2:30 a.m. when he saw a white Mazda SUV drive fast past him in the wrong direction.

"When he passed me I just saw the lights quick and I thought, no it couldn't be, that's not what I thought it was and it was and it ended up being a bad situation," he said.

By the time he was able to turn into the westbound lanes, he says he could see plumes of smoke from where the collision occurred.

Marquardt then drove to the scene and tried to help the driver of one of the vehicles.