More than 500 GTA-area collisions due to ice storn
The ice storm sweeping across southern Ontario wrecked havoc in the city on Saturday, causing collisions, closures and delays — and it’s not over yet.
It wasn’t a good day for anyone, but drivers especially were feeling the brunt of the vicious weather, with Ontario Provincial Police reporting Saturday evening that they’d responded to more than 550 crashes in the GTA and surrounding area throughout the day.
“We’ve had some serious collisions,” said OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt. “And the collisions we’re being called to, they’re all preventable. Remember, poor weather conditions and poor road conditions do not cause crashes; it is poor driving and driving beyond the conditions.”
In Toronto, police spokesperson Katrina Arrogante said they were also experiencing a significant increase in the number of collisions reported. Traffic services tweeted that there had been “numerous crashes,” with the majority taking place in Scarborough in the early afternoon.
Environment Canada said the ice storm hitting parts of southern Ontario could be “historic,” potentially downing trees and power lines and leading to widespread outages.
The forecast left much of the region scrambling to prepare for the weekend. Hydro One had extra crews on standby, some universities cancelled weekend exams and airports warned travellers to check their flights online before heading out. Drivers were urged to take extra care, as gusty winds and broken tree limbs could add to the danger on icy roads.
Environment Canada said freezing rain, ice pellets and snow could affect areas stretching from Windsor up to the Muskoka region and east to Ottawa.