Police deal with more than 1,700 collisions

Spinning, sliding, slipping and slamming into one another — police saw it all, responding to at least 1,700 collisions during the weekend storm.

From the first impact of the storm Friday night until the dust settled early yesterday, police in Toronto dealt with 526 crashes.


"We were just swamped," Sgt. Derek Wilson said. "It was an extremely busy period."

Wilson said this suggests we "aren’t driving slow enough."

"The majority of these accidents were preventable," he said.

More than 137 motorists suffered injuries in the crashes, nine of which were hit-and-runs.

An 86-year-old man died in hospital several hours after he and his wife were seriously injured when their car was hit by a pickup truck yesterday morning.

The driver of the truck didn’t need medical attention.

Police suspect weather might have caused the crash, and the investigation is ongoing.

highway accidents

  • The Ontario Provincial Police reported nearly 900 accidents on the GTA’s 400-series highways, most of them involving spinouts and cars driving into the ditch.