Motorists walloped by snow storm

Traffic slowly navigates along the southbound lanes of the 400 Saturday. (QMI AGENCY PHOTO)

Traffic slowly navigates along the southbound lanes of the 400 Saturday. (QMI AGENCY PHOTO)

Maryam Shah, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:23 AM ET

TORONTO -- Mayhem on the snow-covered roads prompted an unusually high number of calls for police assistance from motorists who were involved in collisions and other weather-related incidents, according to an OPP spokesman.

OPP Sgt. Dave Woodford said his officers received more than 1,700 calls for service in a 24-hour period over the weekend.

At one point on Saturday, calls about collisions were coming in at a rate of nearly one per minute.

“We have had over 46 collisions reported in the last hour in the GTA this is almost one every minute please slow down be careful,” the OPP tweeted Saturday afternoon.

Woodford agreed it was unusual for officers to have to deal with a such flurry of incidents over a large area.

“This was right across every highway that we patrol in the southern Ontario area,” Woodford said.

By Sunday afternoon, 255 collisions were reported in the GTA, Woodford said.

“A lot of them are vehicles into the ditch, into the guard rail” or into other vehicles, he said.

In some cases “they’re either following too close or going too fast,” Woodford said.


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