Wrong-way crash on Highway 401 seriously injures 2 near Kingston

The eastbound lanes of Highway 401 remain closed at County Road 6 near Odessa. The closure is expected to last several hours. (Provided by OPP constable Rob Martell - image credit)

Two drivers were seriously injured when two vehicles — one travelling in the wrong direction — collided on Highway 401 near Kingston, Ont., Tuesday, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) said.

Officers from the OPP's Frontenac detachment responded to the collision near the Gardiners Road exit just after 1 p.m. City of Kingston Fire and Rescue and Frontenac Paramedics also responded to the scene.

The wrong-way vehicle entered the highway's eastbound lanes travelling westbound and struck the other vehicle head-on, OPP said.

OPP Const. Rob Martell said both drivers were initially transported to Kingston General Hospital in life-threatening condition. OPP later said one of the drivers remains in critical condition, while the other's injuries are no longer considered life-threatening.

A child in one of the vehicles wasn't seriously hurt but was also transported to hospital, OPP said.

The eastbound lanes of Highway 401 have reopened near Odessa as of 9 p.m. Tuesday, according to OPP.

OPP continue to investigate the cause of the collision.