The Ontario Storm Last Night Caused Complete Chaos Across The Province
There were over 500 car crashes because of the weather.
Ontario got hit with a mix of freezing rain and snow on Sunday, which wreaked havoc across the province. There were thousands of power outages, a massive pile-up car accident in Kingston, and over 500 car crashes due to the bad weather. The Ontario storm ended up being worse than anticipated, and two people died on the roads.
Hydro One has stated that since Sunday night, its crews have been responding to 205 active power outages that left 25,000 people without electricity, according to a news release.
That number has since jumped to 30,000, according to a recent tweet from the company.
Unfortunately, power outages weren't the only thing that the storm was responsible for throughout the province.
There were also fatalities on Sunday. A 24-year-old woman passed away when her Jeep collided with a truck in the Niagara region, according to Sgt. Kerry Schmidt.
There was also a massive car pile-up in Kingston on Sunday that involved 30 to 40 vehicles, according to The Globe and Mail. Fifteen to 20 people were taken to hospital for their injuries, and one person died at the scene.
The problems also extended into the Monday morning commute.
The Ontario Provincial Police are reportedly dealing with around two dozen accidents on GTA highways this morning, according to Kamil Karamali from Global News.
Sgt. Kerry Schmidt tweeted that in the past 24 hours, there were about 500 car crashes in the GTA.
A bunch of drivers were even caught on the 403!
The mixture of ice, snow, and rain is no doubt to blame. The freezing rain lasted over 12 hours, according to the Weather Network.
Although it is now winding down, the aftermath is still causing extreme caution.
The roads are slippery as ever and accidents are still being observed, even though the storm is over.
Certain school bus routes have also been cancelled today due to the weather conditions.
CP24 reports that school buses are not running today in the Durham and Halton regions.
Tapleytown School in Stoney Creek is closed today due to a power outage.