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Toronto police say 1 driver dead, 1 in hospital and vehicle recovered after crash into Lake Ontario

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Toronto police say the driver of a vehicle that crashed into Lake Ontario Saturday morning has died in hospital, hours after they were recovered from the water.

Suspected driver of submerged vehicle was pulled from water in life-threatening condition

First responders on the scene of a car crash near Lake Ontario.
Police said a vehicle crashed into the ice and went underwater after colliding with another vehicle in the area of Lakeshore Boulevard and Cherry Street at around 8:43 a.m. The driver of the vehicle died in hospital, hours after they were recovered, police said. (Alexis Raymon/CBC)

Toronto police say the driver of a vehicle that crashed into Lake Ontario Saturday morning has died in hospital, hours after they were recovered from the water.

Police said a vehicle crashed into the ice and went underwater after colliding with another vehicle in the area of Lakeshore Boulevard and Cherry Street at around 8:43 a.m. Police said the vehicle reportedly exited the roadway and entered into the Keating Channel.

Police said the vehicle that was underwater was extracted at 12:24 p.m. and no one was located inside. At 1:12 p.m., they said a person, believed to be the driver of the submerged vehicle, was recovered from the water in the same area.

Toronto paramedics said they transported two men to hospital, one with minor injuries and another in life-threatening condition. 

Earlier Saturday Toronto Fire confirmed there was a person inside the vehicle under water.

Fire spokesperson Deepak Chagger said what started as a rescue effort became a recovery operation led by police. He said no one was seen exiting the vehicle that was reported to have crashed into ice before going underwater.

Chagger said fire crews entered the water but were not able to rescue the vehicle occupant. Toronto Fire says one firefighter was assessed by paramedics at the scene. 

First responders and authorities work to extract a vehicle from a body of water, not pictured.
Toronto police and Toronto Fire are seen near Lakeshore Boulevard and Cherry Street extracting a vehicle that crashed into Lake Ontario Saturday morning. (Alexis Raymon/CBC)

With files from The Canadian Press

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