01/01/2013 07:17 EST | Updated 03/03/2013 05:12 EST

7-year-old killed in Highway 401 collision

Police say a seven-year-old boy has died after the vehicle he was travelling in was rear-ended on Highway 401.

The accident happened on new Year's Day at about 5 p.m. near Dixie Road.

The seven-year-old child - who was one of four children and two adults in the van that was struck - was without any vital signs when rushed to hospital, according to emergency medical personnel.

All of the other family members were taken to hospital as a precaution.

Police say the driver of the vehicle that drove into the family van fled the scene.