Motorcyclist in life-threatening condition after crashing into fallen container on Highway 401

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A motorcyclist is in hospital with serious injuries after hitting a container, pictured here, that police believe fell off another vehicle on Highway 401 near Meadowvale Road. (OPP Highway Safety Division Twitter  - image credit)
A motorcyclist is in hospital with serious injuries after hitting a container, pictured here, that police believe fell off another vehicle on Highway 401 near Meadowvale Road. (OPP Highway Safety Division Twitter - image credit)

A motorcyclist remained in life-threatening condition on Tuesday night after a collision on Highway 401 near Meadowvale Road in Scarborough, Ontario Provincial Police say.

Police tweeted he was travelling in the eastbound express lanes around 1 p.m. on Tuesday when he struck a container that appeared to have fallen off another vehicle. Paramedics rushed him to a trauma centre.

Police are investigating how the container, which they describe as a "4x4 tote," got on the road. The OPP say they have located the vehicle they suspect the container came from.

Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said in a video report posted before 2 p.m. to the OPP Highway Safety Division Twitter account that the tote was "possibly" not secured to the vehicle when it fell.

The eastbound express lanes near Meadowvale Road were closed to allow OPP officers to investigate but they have since reopened.