01/23/2012 01:53 EST | Updated 03/24/2012 05:12 EDT

1 dead in multi-vehicle collision in Markham

An elderly man is dead after a multi-vehicle crash outside the Markville Mall.

The collision, which happened just after noon on Monday, involved five vehicles and occurred near the intersection of Highway 7 and McCowan Road in Markham.

York Regional Police Const. Rebecca Boyd said investigators believe a cube van was travelling eastbound on Highway 7 when it lost control and sideswiped two nearby vehicles.

The cube van then “lost control completely” when it hit the intersection outside the mall, Boyd said.

It hit a westbound truck, as well as an SUV, which the elderly man was driving.

Police still don’t know why the cube van driver lost control.