SCUGOG: In a scene unlike anything that had occurred before, traffic was snarled in Port Perry on Thursday, Feb. 27 as a 32-car pile-up closed the causeway for several hours.
Scugog's Deputy Fire Chief Rob Gonnermann told The Standard that while collisions on the causeway are not unusual, the magnitude of Thursday's scene was something new to local fire crews.
"I haven't seen anything quite that bad," said Deputy Chief Gonnermann. "Basically, there were 42 vehicles on the causeway at the time, with 32 directly involved with the incident."
Although no serious injuries were reported, some motorists were taken to hospital following the collision.
"We arrived on scene, and went around performing first aid, with I believe four people being taken to hospital with various injuries," Deputy Chief Gonnermann added.
Scugog Fire crews were on the scene from approximately 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. as they sifted through the damage. The causeway was eventually re-opened to traffic at around 4 p.m. after being closed from just east of Water St. to Island Rd. as crews carried out clean-up efforts.
The Scugog crash was just one of several multi-car pile-ups that occurred across the province on Thursday as high winds combined with a snow squall to create whiteout conditions, greatly reducing visibility on roadways across Ontario.
"This was a freak snow squall that came through and combined with strong winds from the north. I wouldn't say it's normal," explained Deputy Chief Gonnermann.