A heavy snow in the Toronto area on Feb. 21 led to a number of weather-related accidents, and city officials urged drivers to be more careful. One crash involved a total of six vehicles after a Safeway coach bus and a Jeep ran into one another near the Burlington Skyway Bridge. Authorities say the snow was hard and compacted at the time of the accident.
The bus was carrying 27 passengers, but they and the individuals inside the other four vehicles involved were not injured. The driver of the bus, a 40-year-old woman from Brampton, the driver of the Jeep, a 45-year-old man from Grand Valley, and a passenger in the Jeep, a 45-year-old woman who was also from Grand Valley, were taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life threatening.
Other accidents involved an overturned SUV and an accident on Pottery Road. Drivers reported longer travel times and other drivers failing to pay attention and adjust for the inclement conditions. The Ontario Provincial Police said most of the calls they received involved single vehicles that ran into guard rails or ditches. The Peel Regional Police counted 161 collisions during the day. Authorities did not begin clearing the streets until later in the day.
Individuals who are injured in a car accident during hazardous weather conditions may want to talk to a lawyer. Injuries may be both physical and psychological, and the recovery period could be lengthy, resulting in medical expenses and a reduced income. It may be possible for an injured driver to claim compensation from the other driver.