Heavy snowfall Tuesday morning sees dozens of crashes on Ottawa roads: police

A heavy blanket of snow has made some Ottawa roads treacherous for motorists, police said Tuesday. Global News

A collision on a rural road in eastern Ottawa on Tuesday afternoon sent a man in his 70s to hospital with a head injury after a blast of heavy snow contributed to dozens of crashes on Ottawa roadways earlier in the morning.

Frank Kenny Road was closed between McFadden and Huisman roads on Tuesday afternoon due to a collision, Ottawa police said in a tweet shortly after 1 p.m.

A spokesperson with the Ottawa Paramedic Service told Global News paramedics were called at 12:35 p.m. after a front loader reportedly collided with the cab of an 18-wheeler.

A man in his 70s suffered a head injury but was transported to hospital in stable condition, paramedics said.

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The crash in rural Ottawa was the latest in a series of collisions driven by inclement weather on Tuesday.

There were 29 collisions in Ottawa between 5:30 a.m. and 10 a.m., police said in a tweet encouraging drivers to take their time and drive cautiously.

Ottawa received 3.2 centimetres of snow on Family Day and was slated to receive another five to 10 centimetres on Tuesday, according to Environment Canada.

The weather monitoring agency said the heavy snow would transition to lighter around noon, with winds gusting up to 40 km/h later in the afternoon. Snow is expected to clear by the evening.

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The inclement weather took school buses off Ottawa streets Tuesday morning but did not warrant the cancellation of in-person classes at the city’s four boards.

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