One person’s curse, another’s fortune.
While misery befell thousands of drivers caught in winter’s fury on the weekend, it was a lucrative storm for the auto body shops.
Ontario Provincial Police reported more than 1,650 crashes on their watch Sunday while Toronto police traffic services investigated 446 collisions, not counting patrol-car stops.
CAA attended 5,000 calls from beleaguered motorists across south central Ontario on Sunday and was expecting calls to exceed 8,000 yesterday.
On Highway 400 at the noon hour yesterday, a drastic situation developed from a two-vehicle collision in sunny conditions near Highway 89.
As traffic backed up, new strings of collisions occurred as cars the OPP said were travelling too fast reached the scene and were unable to stop.
At the end, 55 cars and trucks were involved, closing the highway for several hours.