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Police appeal for witnesses to Friday's fatal Highway 400 crash

Suspected road-rage incident led to six-vehicle collision, completely closed highway through Cookstown for more than 10 hours
A fatal crash closed all lanes of Highway 400 near Cookstown April 26.

If you saw Friday evening’s fatal Highway 400 crash, or have dash-cam footage of it, Aurora OPP want to have a chat.

Days after a suspected road-rage incident led to a serious six-vehicle collision, police are still gathering evidence. 

“Investigation’s still ongoing, charges have not been laid,” Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said Monday morning. “I expect there will be updates in the coming days or weeks. It’s too premature to speculate. We are appealing for witnesses — anyone that saw anything.” 

The collision closed the 400 in both directions between county roads 88 and 89 in Cookstown for more than 10 hours Friday night and into Saturday morning. 

A witness told police road rage led to the crash, Const. Pawel Sikora said over the weekend.

“Initial reports suggest that two vehicles were road raging, which results in a collision between the two vehicles,” he said, noting the vehicles were travelling south at the time.

Police say the initial crash then caused one of the vehicles to cross the centre median of the highway, leading to a collision with a pickup truck heading north. The vehicle that crossed the median then rolled — the driver of the rolled vehicle, a 21-year-old Mississauga man, was pronounced dead.

Police say the driver of the truck was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Initial reports suggest there were no injuries to the other drivers involved, Sikora said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Aurora OPP at 905-841-5777.

Chris Simon

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