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Icy roads to blame for dozens of crashes in GTA

news staff | posted Wednesday, Dec 28th, 2016

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More than 20 people were injured in multi-vehicle crashes on icy roadways across the GTA on Tuesday night.

OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said more than 70 collisions were reported in the GTA over a two-hour period, including a massive crash in Brampton involving as many as 40 vehicles.

The multi-vehicle crash happened on the southbound Highway 410 at Derry Road just before 10 p.m. Peel paramedics said 16 people were treated for minor injuries.

Around 20 vehicles were also involved in a crash on Highway 427 near Eglinton Avenue around 8 p.m. At least nine people were treated for minor injuries.

Environment Canada issued a winter weather travel advisory, warning of hazardous driving conditions as a result of light snow mixed with patchy freezing drizzle.

CityNews meterologist Adam Styles said Monday’s rain was to blame for the roadway conditions.

“If the roadways were treated and they had salt and brine on them, they’d be acting just fine. But after that soaking rain that we saw [Monday], all of the salt pretty much washed off the roadways and the icy conditions are allowed to take hold.”

Police issued multiple warnings about collisions on highways across the region, advising motorists of the slippery conditions, especially on highway off-ramps.

The weather was also playing havoc with flights in and out of Pearson International Airport with a number of departures delayed and/or cancelled.

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