Highway 400 reopens south of Barrie after crashes involving around 50 vehicles

Click to play video 'Multi-vehicle crash on Hwy. 400 amid snow squalls' Multi-vehicle crash on Hwy. 400 amid snow squalls
WATCH ABOVE: Police are urging drivers to slow down in the snow. this, after a string of collisions, including a 50 car pileup this afternoon. Albert Delitala reports – Dec 19, 2019

Police say Highway 400 has fully reopened south of Barrie after multiple collisions on Thursday, including a 20-car pileup.

OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said “multiple crashes” occurred all around the same time between Highway 88 and Innisfil Beach Road leading to a full closure.

“We had northbound and southbound lanes closed due to multiple collisions, a 20-car pileup … single-vehicle collisions, transport trucks involved,” he said.

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Approximately 50 vehicles and six trucks were in crashes.

No injuries have been reported.

Schmidt said snow was falling in the area at the time of the crashes, but conditions have since improved.

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“This system came through, obviously made driving treacherous. Visibility was reduced and the roads were very slippery,” he said, adding that motorists need to slow down when severe weather hits.

Click to play video 'Highway 400 south of Barrie reopens after multiple crashes' Highway 400 south of Barrie reopens after multiple crashes
Highway 400 south of Barrie reopens after multiple crashes – Dec 19, 2019

The highway fully reopened around 3:30 p.m. after being closed for approximately two-and-a-half hours.

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