Fog Leads to 72 Car Accident in Ottawa

OTTAWA, Dec. 15 (UPI) — Insurance adjusters and auto body shops near Ottawa were busy Tuesday, a day after fog and icy road conditions caused a 72-car chain reaction pile-up.

Ontario Provincial Police Constable Guy Prevost told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. despite the mayhem Monday, only six people required hospital treatment for minor injuries

“One of the things that saved us is that we didn’t have any tractor-trailers involved,” he said.

The pile-up happened on the northbound lanes of Highway 416, which were closed for five hours as crews worked to remove vehicles and clean up a wide swath of debris, the Ottawa Sun reported.

Jamie Gaines, 19, told the Sun the sound of vehicles colliding in the heavy fog lasted at least 15 minutes.

“Right when it happened, you could see people slowly coming out of nowhere,” she said. “It was really like something you’d see in a movie.”

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