One dead, 16 others hurt during a massive pileup — KINGSTON CRASH

401 chaos at Kingston

401 chaos at Kingston

A 33-year-old Nova Scotia man died and 16 others were hurt during a massive pileup on Highway 401 in Kingston on Sunday afternoon.

In a statement to CBC News, Kingston General Hospital said between 15 and 20 people had arrived at the hospital, "most of whom have non-life-threatening injuries".

Much of Southern Ontario was under a weather advisory and snowfall warning as a messy mix of rain, ice pellets, freezing rain, and snow battered the region.

The city of Kingston and the Red Cross were co-ordinating to find places for people, whose vehicles were stuck on the highway, to spend several hours, or even the entire night.

Stranded motorists not involved in the collision were taken to a warming centre at the Rideau Heights Community Centre by city buses, police said.

The westbound highway didn't reopen until early Monday morning after the crash which the OPP estimated involved 30 to 40 vehicles which collided between the Montreal Street and Highway 15 exits. "We've seen far too often vehicles spinning out because they're going too fast because they're over-correcting or panicking".

It was unknown by that point when the highway would be cleared.

It was a rough day on Ontario highways, with provincial police reporting approximately 400 crashes in the Greater Toronto Area since the snow started falling on Sunday.

Environment Canada said the light snow and flurries were expected to taper off by noon, but warned many roads were likely to be slippery.

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