Over 50 vehicles involved in two pileups on Highway 400 near Barrie

More than 50 vehicles were involved in a pair of pileups along Highway 400 near Barrie on Wednesday afternoon and police say both accidents appear to be “weather-related.”

The collisions both occurred in the southbound lanes of Highway 400 near Bayfield Road at around 3:30 p.m.

Simcoe County Paramedics say that one of the collisions involved 24 vehicles while the other involved 30 vehicles.

Two people were transported to hospital with minor injuries as a result.

The collisions occurred amid a light snowfall and heavy winds in the area that did combine to have an impact on visibility.

In a message posted to Twitter, OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said that the weather was likely to blame.

All southbound lanes on the highway were closed at Duckworth Street but the closure was lifted at around 5:30 p.m.