Snowsquall-related crashes leave one seriously hurt
Published Friday, February 20, 2009 3:32PM EST
Snowsqualls were behind several crashes in the wider GTA, including one that left a Lindsay man critically injured, says the OPP.
"I haven't heard of any more recently. It's those snowsqualls: They come up, they go away and then we get it all cleared up," OPP Sgt. Dave Woodford told ctvtoronto.ca on Friday.
The worst accident occurred on Highway 35/115 southbound, south of the Highway 35 junction and near Mosport raceway. It involved three vehicles.
Two cars spun out on the slick highway. A third vehicle then struck them.
The injured man was airlifted to the trauma centre at Sunnybrook hospital in Toronto.
"He's not doing too good. He's still in critical condition and they're bringing in a specialist," Woodford said.
No serious injuries were reported on southbound Highway 400 just south of Highway 88, he said.
Woodford said driving conditions are generally great in his area of coverage as of Friday afternoon.
But when snowsqualls threaten, it's important that people adjust to the conditions, he said.
When the squalls hit, "it's like a different world," he said, noting visibility can drop to nothing in an instant.
Environment Canada has ended its snowsquall warnings for southern Ontario.
Overnight, however, some northern Toronto suburbs and pockets of York Region got up to 15 centimetres of snow. Highway 400 got a serious dusting near Barrie.