A 31-year-old Toronto woman was hit and killed by a vehicle while walking down Highway 401 in Scarborough on Friday night, according to the Ontario Provincial Police.
The woman died on the collector's tracks west west of Markham Road after a small accident between two vehicles on the westbound lanes. Emergency teams were called to the scene around 11.15 p.m.
Sergeant. Kerry Schmidt, a spokesman for OPP's The Road Safety Division said the incident began when two vehicles, one carrying a U-haul trailer, crashed into the lanes westbound between the McCowan and Markham roads.
Police believe the first vehicle hit the second vehicle with U-haul, which then lost control. U-haul was highlighted. The first vehicle hit the second vehicle again before the two vehicles stopped.
When police arrived, they spoke to the two drivers. The driver of a vehicle, which caused the collision, was out of her vehicle and, minutes after the first accident, she tried to cross the expressway to the collectors, Schmidt said.
The woman was fatally hit by a third vehicle on the westbound collector's tracks.
"When you're on the road, you're vulnerable," Schmidt said on Saturday. "You have nowhere to go, you have no place to escape.
Toronto paramedics said the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
Schmidt said police are trying to determine why she was trying to leave the scene and where she intended to go. The circumstances surrounding the accident and death are still under investigation.
A U-Haul trailer can be seen turning sideways after the collision.
Police closed a section of the westbound pickup lanes on Markham Road and a section of the westbound expressway on Morningside Avenue for hours, but both sets of roadblocks have already been reopened.
Several vehicles have ignored the road closure signs, Schmidt said, and at least two vehicles were stopped because they did not obey the closing.
Anyone with a dashboard camera that can assist in the woman's accident and death investigation is urged to call the OPP.