Winter storm keeps OPP busy across the East Region

Image via OPP East Region’s Facebook Page.

Officers from all across East Region were very busy with calls for service due to a major winter storm that buried the region in snow.

The flakes started falling late on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022, and the ensuing storm caused major disruption on roadways and neighbourhoods, according to a release from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP.)

The East Region OPP stated that officers responded to many collisions, traffic hazards and disabled vehicles. 247 motor vehicle collisions were reported, with the busiest period being 6 a.m. to 11:59 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 17, where, OPP said that 139 (56 per cent) of the total collisions were reported.

According to the release, 11 of the collisions had reports of people injured and “sadly two collisions reported were fatal collisions,” OPP reported. OPP officers from across East Region responded to 139 traffic hazards as well.

The East Region OPP would like to thank all community partners for their dedication and hard work during this massive storm. “The excellent service provided by local volunteer firefighters, EMS, Hydro, tow operators, dispatchers and township employees did not go unnoticed,” OPP said.

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