12-vehicle crash in downtown Toronto as roads grow icy and treacherous

12-vehicle crash in downtown Toronto as roads grow icy and treacherous

Fears of slippery driving conditions were validated on Sunday morning by a 12-car pileup at Davenport Road and Avenue Road just before 11 a.m.

“We have to make adjustments this time this season,” said Toronto Police Const. David Hopkinson. “I want to illustrate to people that they should slow down and clean their windshields.”

Hopkins says treacherous, icy road conditions played a role in the collision, though no one was injured. Even so, there was a casualty of sorts from the weather: Burlington’s Santa Claus Parade, scheduled for Sunday, was cancelled by the city, “due to unsafe weather conditions and the declaration of a significant weather event.”

Roads in area of the Davenport-Avenue crash were closed and salt trucks have been dispatched to the intersection; drivers are asked to use alternative routes. Torontonians had been warned of a blustery start to December — Environment Canada said a weather advisory was in effect for in the city — and ice pellets did indeed descend on Sunday morning.

Hopkinson added that generally during the first, second and third snowfall of the season, accidents are more likely to occur since many road users are not yet adjusted to the change in weather, and as it becomes increasingly dark, reduced visibility also becomes a factor.

“Some areas may see snow and ice pellet accumulations of 5 to 10 cm. Some additional snowfall is possible later tonight with a few centimetres likely,” read an Environment Canada weather statement Sunday morning.

The ice pellets and rain coming down might transition to snow late in the morning or early afternoon, says the weather agency. Freezing drizzle or flurries might follow.

Winds are blowing east 40 km/h gusting to 70. Temperatures will reach a high of 0 C before dipping to a low of -3 C tonight. Wind chill sits at minus 12 this morning and will transition to minus 8 later tonight.

Osobe Waberi is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @OsobeWaberi

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