Whiteout causes 100-vehicle pile-up near Toronto

Sun Jan 20, 2008 6:56pm EST
 
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TORONTO (Reuters) - More than 100 vehicles crashed into each other on Sunday on a highway near Toronto due to bad weather conditions, though no life-threatening injuries were reported, police said.

The accident, which occurred during a sudden whiteout on Highway 400 north of Toronto, resulted in "multiple injuries" among people in the cars, according to Ontario Provincial Police Constable Dave Woodford.

"We have people with broken arms, broken legs. There are serious injuries to a lot of people," Woodford told CBC Television.

Police attributed the massive pileup to snow squalls that swept in during the noon hour, creating a sudden whiteout.

"You couldn't see a hundred feet in front of you, and one after another, vehicles started sliding on the roadway, losing control and hitting the guardrail into the ditch, and then next thing you know, it was a chain reaction-type of collision," Woodford said.

Highway 400 is a major artery connecting the communities north of Toronto, such as Barrie, to the city.

(Reporting by Renato Andrade; Editing by Philip Barbara)