Video Captures The Start Of A Massive Pile-Up On Canadian Highway

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This video shows how quickly an accident can escalate in the snow.

As we've seen before, it's all-too easy for traffic accidents to happen when you combine snow with unattentive drivers. This amateur video is a harrowing reminder of how quickly a pile-up can escalate in these conditions. The massive pile-up occurred last week on Ontario's Highway 401 and involved nearly 100 vehicles. It all starts towards the end of the video. As traffic comes to a crawl, one driver fails to stop in time and skids across multiple lanes.

Things then escalate when a transport truck loses control, jackknifes and crashes into multiple stalled vehicles. Low visibility was to blame due to a snow band off Lake Ontario, as reported by CTV News, but it looks as if some cars were driving too fast to react and stop in time.

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Some of the statements from drivers at the scene sound terrifying. "I saw the death in front of me. I thought, 'Okay I'm not going to make it,'" one driver said when a separate transport truck crushed the roof of their car. "It's going to be really bad and I'm not going to die in a nice way, it's going to be awful." "We were all scared and thanked god that we're all alive," another said. Miraculously, no one was killed in the multi-car crash, but some were taken to hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

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