There was an absolute mess on Highway 400, south of Mapleview Drive in Barrie this morning. A multi vehicle pile-up involved around 70 vehicles.
The highway reopened shortly after 5:00 this afternoon.
The city of Barrie was asked to send in transit buses to shelter those involved in the crash Monday morning. One of the vehicles involved was a tanker truck that spilled 500-litres of fuel – which Barrie fire says is now under control.
Multi Vehicle Pile-Up HWY 400
Crazy video from OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt of a multi-vehicle pile up on #Hwy400 SB south of Mapleview. OPP is STRONGLY URGING motorists to stay OFF THE ROADS today. Stay up to date on the latest weather watches, warnings and cancellations here https://goo.gl/CLEUX6Posted by Barrie 360 on Monday, February 25, 2019
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Update: 70+ vehicles involved, several tractor trailers. 500 litre deisel spill that is under control. Two @BarrieTransit busses on scene. @YorkParamedics multi-patient emergency support unit en route. Minor injuries reported. pic.twitter.com/yQNSRvrDwv— Barrie Fire (@Barrie_Fire) February 25, 2019
Read More: Weather Advisories
The cause of the collision has not been released but driving conditions were extremely unsafe, with numerous roads, schools and businesses all closed due to whiteouts and slippery roads. Snow plows didn’t even make it out in some parts of Simcoe County Monday due to the weather, which carried high winds and blowing snow. The latest from police has Highway 400 shut down in both directions between Mapleview Drive and Innisfil Beach Road.
Read More: School Bus and other cancellations
O.P.P. are STRONGLY recommending that Motorists STAY OFF THE ROAD in Simcoe County for their own safety and the safety of 1st responders. @simcoecountyEDO @TwpOroMedonte @cityoforillia @cityofbarrie @MidlandON @townofinnisfil @springwatertwp @WB_Media @TownCollingwood ^cp— OPP Central (@OPP_CR) February 25, 2019