Many of the crashes involved multiple vehicles as drivers contend with icy roadways, bridge decks

Toronto police officer standing near a crash scene.

Toronto police were dealing with dozens of crashes on Tuesday morning as icy roads caused crashes, many involving multiple vehicles. (Tony Smyth/CBC)

Toronto police issued a public safety alert warning drivers about “treacherous” conditions yesterday morning after more than a dozen crashes were reported on icy roads.

Police issued the following alert on Twitter just before 7:30 a.m., warning drivers that cold air is causing ice to form on roads and bridge decks:

Toronto Police reported the following collisions — all of which happened before 7:30 a.m. — yesterday morning:

  • A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle at McCowan Road and Kenhatch Boulevard in Scarborough. CBC News’s story about that deadly incident is here.
  • Eight vehicles were involved in a crash on an icy bridge at Morningside and Ellesmere Avenues. Injuries were minor but police said drivers should consider alternate routes.
  • Seven vehicles were involved in a crash at Kingston Road and Beechgrove Drive in the east end. Police reported icy roads in this spot, with traffic backed up and the Port Union ramp closed. One person was taken to hospital with unknown injuries.
  • At Victoria Park and Belmore Avenue, north of Lawrence, three cars were involved in a crash bad enough to flip one vehicle over. There were no details on injuries but police were telling drivers to avoid the area.
  • A car crashed into a utility pole at Kingston Road and Manse Road. Hydro wires were brought down across the vehicle and roadway. Emergency crews responded and police said drivers should expect delays in this area.

More details of other morning crashes can be found over at the Toronto Police Operations Twitter account.

Source: CBC News