Collisions took place on Hwy. 401 near Renforth Drive

OPP cruiser 4-300

– Metroland file photo

A female victim has been transported to a trauma centre with serious injuries after a collision involving a drunk driver.

The crash occurred in the westbound lanes of Highway 401, near Renforth Drive around 2:20 a.m. on Sunday morning.

Ontario Provincial Police Sergeant Kerry Schmidt said there were three cars involved in the collision, with one female driver arrested for impaired. She was transported to hospital with minor injuries.

Schmidt did not confirm an age for the victim taken to the trauma centre, but said she was an adult.

A few hours before the crash, a two-vehicle collision occurred in the same area on Highway 401 caused by another drunk driver. The passengers in the other vehicle sustained minor injuries.

Mohamud Hassan, 26, of Etobicoke, is facing a slew of charges, including impaired driving, driving over the legal limit and failing to comply with recognizance. He is being held in custody awaiting a bail hearing.

And north of Mississauga, in York Region, a vehicle was travelling the wrong way on Highway 407 at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. Schmidt said the driver was travelling eastbound in the westbound lanes, near Highway 404. The driver, a 32-year-old Aurora man, was arrested for impaired driving.

“Emergency responders are busy responding to these kinds of crashes and these kinds of incidents that shouldn’t be happening in the first place,” said Schmidt, urging drivers not to drink and drive.

There have been 40 fatalities this year in Ontario as a result of impaired driving involving alcohol or drugs.

Last year, over 1,000 drivers were taken off the road because of alcohol or drug-related offences.

Source: Mississauga.com