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2 killed in Highway 401 crash near Cornwall

Two people were killed and a third person suffered life-threatening injuries when their vehicle veered off Highway 401 near Cornwall, Ont., on Thursday afternoon.

Vehicle left highway and hit the ditch Thursday afternoon

The fatal May 13 crash happened on Highway 401 between the Boundary Road and McConnell Avenue exits, OPP say. (CBC)

Two people were killed and a third person was critically injured when their vehicle veered off Highway 401 near Cornwall, Ont., on Thursday afternoon.

The single-vehicle crash happened just before 4:30 p.m. on the highway's westbound lanes between the Boundary Road and McConnell Avenue exits, said Ontario Provincial Police.

The initial investigation revealed the vehicle left the highway hit the ditch and caught fire, OPP said in a news release.

Two of the vehicle's three occupants were pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The third person was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Their names have not been released, but police said Friday everyone in the vehicle was from Brampton, Ont.: a 55-year-old woman and 64-year-old man were killed and a 46-year-old man was injured.

A stretch of Highway 401 in both directions was closed near the scene of the crash. It reopened early Friday.

Anyone who may have seen the crash or captured it on their dashcam is asked to call Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

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