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OPP report thousands of crashes on Ontario Highways after latest storm

Saturday, January 25, 2014   by: Kate Adams

OPP News Release

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ORILLIA – Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers across the Province have been kept busy responding to calls for service as a result of the latest storm that has blanketed the Province.

Since Friday evening OPP officers have responded to over 1,600 crashes across Ontario, including three fatal and numerous personal injury collisions.

During the course of these investigations eight OPP cruisers were struck by passing motorists resulting in minor injuries to two police officers. 

To date OPP officers have ordered more than sixty road and highway closures across the province as well as assisting over 400 stranded motorists seeking shelter from the storm.

Poor visibility and strong winds continue to make driving hazardous across Ontario. 

The OPP reminds motorists to watch for emergency responders and to move to the left when safe to do so. 

Weather conditions may change unexpectedly as a result of sudden storms, wind gusts and reduced visibility.

Driving defensively, reducing your speed and adjusting your following distance will assist in reaching your destination safely. 

Always exercise caution when driving and consider postponing travel until weather conditions improve.

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