Hundreds of collisions across the GTA as snow storm continues into Thursday

Hundreds of collisions across the GTA as snow storm continues into Thursday

The snow storm in the GTA rages on, with up to 15 to 25 cm of snow expected by end of day Thursday

On Wednesday, 11-and-a-half cm of snow fell in the city, according to Environment Canada, with another 2-to-4 cm expected by the time it’s over. Temperatures will reach -13°C with the wind chill in the morning, with winds getting up to 60 km per hour.

The TTC is warning riders to head out earlier than usual due to expected delays.

“Expect longer than normal travel times and wait times on all bus routes due to inclement weather conditions,” they wrote in an alert, saying detours are expected.

Go Transit buses are also averaging delays of 20 to 30 minutes, said Metrolinx spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins.

School buses in the Durham region, Caledon, Simcoe Country and those serving the York Catholic and York Region District school boards have been cancelled. Those in Toronto are still scheduled to run, with delays anticipated.

Dozens of flights from Pearson Airport were cancelled on Wednesday and flights continue to be cancelled through Thursday, with most flights to Montreal and Ottawa cancelled until the afternoon. Check to see that flights are on time before heading to the airport.

There was a hike in the number of collisions in Toronto and along Highway 401. Around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said they had were busy responding to around 25 crashes across the GTA.

“It doesn’t look that pretty out here on the 401,” Schmidt said in a video posted to Twitter. “We’ve got about 25 crashes on the go as we speak.”

“If you don’t need to be out tonight, stay home.”

By morning, he told the Star there had been approximately 250 collisions in the last 24 hours.

Around midnight, a loaded cattle hauler broke down on the 401 near Leslie Street after hitting a pothole, blocking traffic as a replacement trailer had to arrive to pick up the stranded cows.

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“We got situations like this across the GTA, I know the cows are getting a little restless they’ve been sitting here for a little while now,” Schmidt said in another video.

Then around 1:45 a.m., traffic was delayed again when a transport truck skidded into a concrete barrier as it was headed eastbound on the 401 close to Avenue Road.

In Toronto, six cars were involved in a collision near the intersection of Bathurst Street and Davenport Road around 10 p.m. Wednesday, with one of the cars involved fleeing the scene. One person was sent to hospital with minor injuries and TTC buses were detoured as a result.

In the same hour, two other vehicles were involved in a collision around Yonge Street and Carson Crescent, resulting in one colliding with a pole and bus shelter. Another car crashed into a pole near Dundas and De Grassi Streets. No one was injured in either collision.

Earlier on Wednesday in Brantford, Ont., a 20-year-old Hamilton woman was transported to hospital with life-threatening injuries after being ejected from her vehicle on Highway 403.

OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk said the woman was driving east on the 403 just before 6:00 p.m. when she struck a guardrail on the west side of the highway and flew air-born into a transport truck going westbound.

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