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Volatile weather takes toll

The freezing rain the city received late Sunday night wreaked havoc on the area’s highways as a series of collisions were reported.

The freezing rain the city received late Sunday night wreaked havoc on the area’s highways as a series of collisions were reported.

Four City of Ottawa paramedics were injured after vehicles struck stopped emergency vehicles on the side of Highway 417 in two separate incidents Sunday.

Paramedics said two collisions involved motorists who slammed into ambulances on scene, resulting in severe damage to vehicles and injuries to paramedics.

Between 9 p.m. Sunday night and noon yesterday, paramedics responded to 52 calls for falls. Injuries ranged from sprains to fractures and concussions. The service also responded to 33 motor vehicle collisions.

While the freezing rain warning is over, this week, Ottawa will see a mixed bag of weather, said Peter Kimbell, warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment Canada.

Temperatures climbed overnight and will reach a high of 12 C today, cooling off this evening to reach a low of -11 C by Thursday morning, Kimbell said.

 
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