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High-speed crash on Toronto highway kills 2

TORONTO — Two people are dead after police say a vehicle went airborne and plowed into a pole on Highway 401 in east-end Toronto.

Ontario Provincial Police say it happened around 4 a.m. Wednesday after the vehicle hit a concrete barrier near Warden Avenue.

Photos posted on social media show a vehicle almost completely wrapped around a light standard and nearly sliced in half.

OPP Const. Prash Niranjan says officers are working to identify the deceased but have not yet been able to get into the vehicle.

He says officers will detach the vehicle from the pole and decide whether to remove the occupants at the scene or send everything to the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto.

Investigators are looking into whether speed, road conditions or weather played a role in the crash.

Police say the eastbound express lanes of the highway will remain closed in the area until further notice. The collector lanes reopened around 8:30 a.m.

Niranjan says police need to ensure the pole is structurally sound before allowing motorists back in the area.

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