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Highway 11 shut down after 30-vehicle pileup near Barrie

30 vehicles were involved in a series of collisions on the Highway 11 northbound lanes Sunday afternoon

Credits: IAN MCINROY/BARRIE EXAMINER/QMI AGENCY

QMI AGENCY

BARRIE, Ont. -- A 30-vehicle pileup on Highway 11 north of Toronto brought northbound traffic to a screeching halt for several hours Sunday afternoon.

"Because of the number of vehicles involved, it's going to take a while to piece everything together," Barrie OPP Const. George Silvestri said.

Police, the Oro-Medonte Township fire department and Simcoe County paramedics were called to the scene of the collision at 12:45 p.m., but it's still unclear what triggered it.

Road conditions were slick at the time and visibility was reduced due to blowing snow. There were several vehicles in the ditch of the southbound lanes as well.

These types of accidents are typically a result of vehicles travelling too fast for the road conditions, with the wind and blowing snow, Silvestri said.

"What usually happens is one vehicle runs into another and then, because of the limited visibility, they just keep running into each other," he said.

The damage to the vehicles involved is unknown.

"I haven't actually seen the vehicles, so I can't say what the extent of the damage is," Silvestri said.
Minor injuries were reported.

"A couple of people were treated at the scene for cuts and bruises," Silvestri said. "One person was taken to hospital with minor cuts."

The northbound lanes of Highway 11 were closed for three hours from County Road 93 to Oro-Medonte Line 2 while tow trucks cleared the vehicles from the scene.

Silvestri said the investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.

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