OPP report 20 collisions on Hwy. 115; 24 collisions on Hwy. 7
Strong winds and blowing snow are being blamed for numerous collisions throughout the Peterborough region on Monday morning.
Most notably, Peterborough County OPP reported as many as 20 vehicles were involved in collisions along Highway 115 south of Tapley 1/4 Line in Cavan Monaghan Township. The southbound lanes on the 115 from County Road 10 to Porter Road were closed.
No significant injuries were reported, according to Const. Joe Ayotte.
Some drivers were making U-turns onto the northbound 115 due to the closure.
The highway southbound lanes reopened just before 2 p.m.
Police also say an adult and a child were taken to hospital with unknown injuries following a collision on Beardsmore Road at Airport Road in Cavan.
Additionally, Kawartha Lakes OPP closed Highway 35 to Highway 7A in Pontypool in both directions following a collision.
Around 1 p.m. OPP also reported 24 vehicles were involved in a collision on Highway 7 between Omeemee and Ennismore. As a result, the highway was closed between Omemee and Emily Park Road.
They said prior to the Highway 7 collision, officers had already responded to 20 collisions on Kawartha Lakes roadways.
“It is strongly recommended that motorists only drive if absolutely necessary,” stated Const. Carrie Lanning. “If you are driving today be prepared for whiteout conditions and, remember to be patient, create distance between you and the vehicle in front, and ensure that you have a fully charged cell phone for emergency situations.”
Highway 7 reopened around 2:20 p.m.
In Northumberland County, OPP were responding to several “minor collisions” on County Road 30 in the Brighton area during reported whiteout conditions.
Northumberland County issued a notice that County Road 30 was closed to all traffic including emergency vehicles between Goodrich Road and County Road 41, and between Loomis Road and Tower Line Road, due to a collision.
The road reopened to all traffic around 1 p.m.
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