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50-car pile-up, crane topples amid southern Ontario storm


Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Thursday, April 5, 2018, 7:40 AM - A Colorado low whipped through southern Ontario Wednesday, causing blustery conditions that snapped power lines and contributed to a 50-car pile-up in Barrie. More days of difficult travel ahead as the threat for lake effect snow and whiteout conditions linger over the region


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Numerous reports of wind damage have been reported by Weather Network viewers, along with widespread power outages and local gusts up to 100 kilometres per hour.

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50 CAR PILEUP IN BARRIE



Up to 50 cars collided on Highway 400 at Bayfield St. near Barrie, Ont. Wednesday afternoon amid snow and windy conditions.

All southbound lanes between Duckworth and Dunlop were closed ahead of the evening commute.

According to OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt, no serious injuries have been reported.



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CRANE FALLS IN MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO



The winds in Mississauga were strong enough to push over at least one crane at a construction site at Erin Mills Parkway and the 403 Wednesday afternoon.



Police were called to the scene around 1:44 p.m., according to In Sauga.

No injuries have been reported.

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MODEL HOMES COLLAPSE IN NIAGARA

As many as three model homes collapsed in Niagara Wednesday, CKTB reports.

The houses were in a partially-built sub division. No injuries have been reported.

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WHAT'S TO COME

Lake effect snow will continue southeast of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay on Thursday, likely impacting travel along parts of the 400 once again and extending all the way to downtown Toronto as well.

A period of wet snow also spreads across the region during the Friday morning commute with another burst of snow through the evening hours as a cold front crosses the area and bands of lake effect snow redevelop. Get all of the updates, here.

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