Lamborghini crash among dozens on snow-slicked Toronto-area roads
Published Friday, November 10, 2017 10:39AM EST
Last Updated Friday, November 10, 2017 2:11PM EST
A Lamborghini crash may have been the costliest example among dozens of crashes on Toronto-area roads early Friday, during the season’s first blast of wintry weather in the city.
The supercar slid down an icy street before crashing into a sidewalk, and not too far away, a Maserati suffered a similar fate.
Those were just two among dozens of collisions during the Greater Toronto Area’s messy morning commute.
There were 63 reported collisions overnight, Toronto Police Const. Clint Stibbe said in a tweet on Friday morning. Among the collisions Ontario police responded to were a jackknifed transport truck, a vehicle in a ditch, and a four-car crash.
Stibbe told CP24 that the collisions happened over a 12-hour period between 5 p.m. on Thursday and 5 a.m. on Friday, and most were preventable.
“We have to adjust our driving for the winter weather and unfortunately most drivers don’t make that adjustment, and that’s where we see this collisions occur,” Stibbe said.
“The fact that we even had one collision shows that drivers are making mistakes. . . . It’s unacceptable.”
Roads were relatively clear by 7 a.m., OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said in a video posted to Twitter on Friday morning. Still, he urged drivers to remain vigilant due to rapidly changing conditions.
“If you’re not paying attention you could get yourself into trouble,” Schmidt said. “The weather is supposed to improve throughout the day, but then these snow streamers can come up and pop up at any moment’s notice.”
Speaking to CTV Toronto on Friday morning, Schmidt said the roads were “like a skating rink, causing cars to lose control.”
Environment Canada issued snow squall warnings, snow squall watches, and special weather statements for a swath of southwestern Ontario, cautioning drivers of reduced visibility on roadways.
“These are the first significant snow squalls of the season,” the agency wrote in a snow squall warning. “Snow squalls cause weather conditions to vary considerably; changes from clear skies to heavy snow within just a few kilometres are common.”
City of Toronto collisions over night - 45 minor property damage collisions,18 personal injury collisions. Drivers please remember that when the weather changes, you must change how you are driving your vehicle as well. @TPSOperations @CP24 @680NEWS @CBCTrafficTO— Clint Stibbe (@TrafficServices) November 10, 2017
Road and weather conditions can change quickly#BeSafe https://t.co/w1zOSSHyl6— Sgt Kerry Schmidt (@OPP_HSD) November 10, 2017