We all have seen the scary videos of massive winter car pile ups on a snow covered highway.
Viral footage of a terrifying pileup on Highway 401 in Bowmanville, Ontario last winter is a stark reminder of how fast you can lose control of your car in a snow squall.
Up to 100 vehicles were involved in the crash, including a tractor-trailer. Several people were sent to hospital, all with minor injuries, and the highway was shut down for nine hours.
Intensifying snow squalls sent visibility plunging along highways in southern Ontario, contributing to numerous accidents region-wide, and with snow squall season here again, police have some tips for drivers on how to avoid a similar pile-up.
This is something that we see throughout the winter all of the time and typically you don’t get caught by surprise, although sometimes when a snow squall comes in or a streamer comes in across the lake, it can happen very quickly,” OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt told The Weather Network.