QEW near St. Catharines reopens after fatal crash

A second person is confirmed dead in an early morning crash that closed Queen Elizabeth Way near St. Catharines for most of the day.

Traffic is now clear at QEW near St. Catharines after a fatal accident

One person died in this crash on the QEW near St. Catharines on Thursday morning. (Tony Smyth/CBC)

The QEW near St. Catharines has reopened after two people died in an early morning crash. The highway was closed for most of the day.

The collision happened before 4 a.m. and closed the QEW both directions from Seventh Street to Highway 406.

"It looks like one of tractor trailers actually went from the Fort Erie-bound QEW, flipped over the ramp into the Toronto bound [lane] and struck another tractor-trailer," said the OPP's Dave Woodford, describing the accident.

Shortly after the crash the OPP confirmed that one person died. At about 12:30 p.m. Thursday the OPP confirmed that a second person, the driver of one of the trucks, had died in hospital.

In a second accident, four people were taken to hospital with serious injuries following a crash on the eastbound Gardiner Expressway near Highway 427.

Police say a car was stalled in the passing lane just before 4 a.m. when it was struck from behind by another vehicle. Three people were trapped inside the stalled car.

The Toronto Fire Department removed the victims with the jaws of life.