Over 300 crashes reported as GTA faces 15cm snow

Severe winter weather once again leads to numerous auto claims; this time in the GTA

Over 300 crashes reported as GTA faces 15cm snow

Insurance News

By Lyle Adriano

Auto claims in the GTA are set to soar following sudden heavy snowfall Sunday afternoon, resulting in up to 15cm of snow.

Toronto Star reported that over 300 vehicle crashes were reported on highways in the metropolitan area following the weather event.

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So many accidents occurred that day that Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Kerry Schmidt confirmed that more than 60 collisions were being investigated at the same time at around 1:30p.m.

“Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow,” a warning issued by Environment Canada that day read. “If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance.”

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Many of the crashes in the city have been single-vehicle incidents where weather played a part in, Toronto police Const. David Hopkinson told Toronto Star. Hopkinson urged drivers to be cautious and to monitor their speed, given the slippery roads and reduced visibility caused by the snowfall.

In other news, a number of flights out of Pearson airport were canceled, and Billy Bishop similarly reported a number of cancellations and delays.

The city’s 200 salting trucks were deployed Sunday morning in anticipation of the weather event, forecasted by Environment Canada the night before. The agency warned that the city might experience flurries overnight and over the next few days.

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