PRESCOTT — A Quebec man is in custody awaiting bail on criminal charges after last night’s deadly collision on Highway 401, between Prescott and Highway 416.
Grenville County OPP say that Brossard resident Jamil Ahmad Qureshi, 60, faces two counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and four counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily. He’s being held for a Dec. 1 bail hearing in Brockville.
The charges follow the Nov. 27 collision involving two transport trailers and three other vehicles in the eastbound lanes of the 401, between the Highway 416 and Prescott interchanges. Two people were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash around 10:30 p.m. Four others were transported to hospital — one by air ambulance — with serious and life-threatening injuries.
Police have withheld the identities of the deceased pending notification of next of kin.
The 401’s eastbound lanes were closed for 17 hours in the aftermath of the crash but reopened shortly after 4 p.m.
The westbound lanes were also closed for several hours because of an earlier collision involving two other transport trucks, a combination that shut the highway completely until almost 10 a.m. this morning.