More Than 100 Vehicles And Big Rigs Involved In Multiple “White Out” Pileups
Ontario, Canada – Less than 48 hours after a blizzard wreaked havoc on truckers and motorists along I-80 in Nebraska, another series of massive pileups occurred in Ontario, near Barrie, along Highway 400.
Officials report “white out” conditions led to huge pileups within approximately 45 miles of each other. The first happened on Highway 400 south of Barrie, Ontario at approximately 10 a.m. on Monday.
Investigators report more than 70 vehicles including numerous tractor-trailers, tankers and tow trucks were involved in the chaos. Video taken from the scene by Sgt. Kerry Schmidt of the Ontario Provincial Police’s Highway Safety Division (OPP) shows mangled vehicles amidst blizzard conditions.
— Sgt Kerry Schmidt (@OPP_HSD) February 25, 2019
“We have whiteout conditions right now: snow and blowing snow, zero visibility,” Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said in one video posted on his Twitter page. “You do not want to be in this area at this point.”
Schmidt said the fire department had to use the Jaws of Life to pry some of the vehicles apart. Authorities reported 10 people were taken to local hospitals to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.
— Barrie 411 News (@Barrie411) February 25, 2019
Schmidt reported it took emergency crews more than 6 hours to remove the vehicles from the roadway.
Second Pileup Involving 30 Vehicles
The second pileup also happened at approximately 10:00 a.m. on Highway 11 near Orillia, Ontario which is about 45 miles north of the first accident. Authorities reported more than 30 vehicles, including numerous tractor-trailers, were ensnared in the mess.
OPP Sgt. Jason Folz worked the scene of the pileup on Highway 11. “We’re recommending people stay off the roads today,” Folz said. “There are whiteout conditions happening all over the central region of Ontario.”
Thankfully, no serious injuries were reported.
Third Crash Involving 18 Vehicles
Provincial police reported a third pileup in eastern Ontario involving 18 vehicles. The collision occurred in Champlain Township also during the storm on Monday morning. Authorities said seven people were sent to a local hospital, some with serious injuries.
High winds and driving snow battered much of the province late Sunday into Monday leaving thousands without power. Hydro One said more than 175,000 people lost electricity in the nearly 24 hours since the storm hit.
Spokeswoman Alicia Sayers said that while the utility has restored power to the majority of customers, there are still hundreds of outages impacting more than 9,000 people across the province.
HERE ARE MORE IMAGES FROM THE SCENE