School boards cancel buses due to icy roads
A school bus arrives at a Toronto school on the first day of a new school year Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (CP24/Katie Simpson)
Published Monday, December 10, 2012 5:18AM EST
Last Updated Monday, December 10, 2012 6:57AM EST
A handful of school boards have cancelled school buses for Monday after wintry weather rolled through the province, creating icy road conditions.
After a night of freezing rain, buses aren't running in the following districts:
- All buses to schools in Muskoka for Trillium Lakelands District School Board
- All buses to St. Dominic Catholic Secondary School, and Monsignor Michael O'Leary and Saint Mary Catholic elementary schools
- All buses to schools in Haliburton for Trillium Lakelands District School Board
- All buses to schools in City of Kawartha Lakes for Trillium Lakelands District School Board
- Buses to St. John's (Kirkfield), St. Mary's, St. Dominic, St. Luke's and Pope John Paul elementary schools and St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School in Kawartha Lakes
- St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary in Kawartha Lakes
- All buses, including Franco buses, in Simcoe County
- All buses to Peterborough city and county and for all schools in Campbellford
- Hummingbird Montessori School in Creemore is closed
- True North Academy in Wasaga Beach is closed
Several crashes reported
Meanwhile, icy roads are being blamed for several crashes that occurred across the GTA on Sunday night.
Life-threatening injuries were reported in one of the collisions that occurred as snow flurries and freezing rain created tricky driving conditions in the region.
In that crash, three vehicles collided on Kennedy Road at 16th Avenue in Markham, forcing police to close the road for several hours for an investigation.
Elsewhere in Markham, up to 20 vehicles were involved in a series of crashes on Warden Avenue, just north of Highway 407.
At one point, Ontario Provincial Police closed a slippery section of Highway 400, north of Toronto, after several crashes occurred in a short period of time.
Police described the southbound lanes as a sheet of ice.
Overnight, the temperature climbed to 5 C by 5 a.m. on Monday, but rain persisted through the night.
According to Environment Canada, more rain is possible Monday afternoon and evening. The temperature will peak at 8 C before it drops off in the afternoon and hits -7 C early Tuesday morning.
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