More than 100 vehicles involved in highway pileup
Winter returned with brutal fury yesterday, turning Highway 400 north of Toronto into a wrecking yard filled with more than 100 vehicles in chain-reaction accidents caused by blinding, wind-whipped whiteouts.
Hundreds more cars were backed up along the highway north and south of Bradford by early afternoon when police closed lanes to tend to the injured and clear the carnage.
Police said most injuries were minor. A few patients were taken to area hospitals by air ambulances.
"It looks like a scrapyard," said Const. Dave Woodford of Ontario Provincial Police.
Snow squalls closed in just before 1 p.m. in the area north of Newmarket along the Highway 400 corridor.
Motorists told tales of being in sunshine one moment and enveloped in swirling snow the next.
"It was a real mess," Kevin Brotton told the Toronto Star as he, his wife and son watched their crumpled car towed into a service plaza off Highway 88. They were headed from their Orangeville home for an afternoon of snow tubing near Barrie.
Buses were brought in from Toronto and York Region to haul out shivering folks stuck in sub-zero temperatures made even colder by heavy winds.