Highway 400 reopens after crash
Blowing snow and zero visibility forced provincial police to close roads in the area, including Highway 400 and County Road 27 between Thornton (above) and Cookstown. There were at least four collisions in that stretch of highway, and dozens more in the Barrie area.mar2.2011IAN MCINROY/BARRIE EXAMINER/QMI AGENCY
Provincial police closed Highway 400 in both directions after a multi-vehicle crash this morning.
All southbound lanes were reopened at Mapleview Drive shortly after noon. Northbound lanes expected to reopen around 1 p.m.
Police say 14 to 20 vehicles were involved between Highway 88 and Barrie's Mapleview Drive, although no injuries have been reported.
"Because of the blowing snow and the multi-vehicle collisions, we have decided to shut the highway down," said OPP Sgt. Dave Woodford. "We have to wait for this (weather) to pass, then get the salting and sanding trucks out."
Blowing snow and poor visibility are causing problems on other Simcoe County roads and highways as well.
OPP say Highway 26 from Horseshoe Valley Road, to County Road 10 or Sunnidale Corners is closed due to poor road and visibility conditions, after a multi-vehicle crash there this morning.
County Road 42, Airport Road, from Stayner to County Road 9 at Cashtown Corners is also closed due to poor visibility and road conditions.
A two-vehicle crash on Highway 11, near Line 10 of Oro-Medonte Township, resulted in no injuries.
Police say blowing snow has caused poor to no visibility on most roads in and around the Wasaga Beach area.
"There are a lot of little crashes because of the blowing snow and people sliding into each other," said OPP Const. Peter Leon.