70-vehicle pileup: Both lanes of Canada’s 401 highway shuts down (Video)

By on Jan 27, 2013 in North America, Travel, World Comments

A 70 vehicle pileup in one of Canada‘s busiest highway has closed down a 10 kilometer stretch of its east and west bound lanes on Friday, January 26, 2013.

The massive pileup of vehicles at the 401 highway, 80 kilometers east of Toronto near Newcastle, reportedly happened about three in the afternoon.

According to Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the incident may have been caused by the slick and reduced visibility of the road due to snow fall.

Debris of the multiple car collision were scattered to a kilometer stretch of the highway.

Reports say that about five people were taken to local hospitals, with two in serious condition.

The east-bound lanes reportedly opened about 10:30 p.m. while the west-bound lanes were reopened to traffic shortly before midnight.

OPP spokeswoman Constable Linda Wolf said that investigation is underway. The expect the investigation to take several days due to the great number of vehicles involved in the incident.

Below is a video of the massive 70-vehicle pileup at the 401 Highway in Canada.

70 vehicle pileup at 401 Highway
Video credit: The Canadian Press

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