During a night of heavy snow and temperatures plummeting to -13 Celsius, nobody would expect anything less than next to zero to be chaos.
But the city left the stump of a sign post on the sidewalk, which has sent at least one pedestrian sprawling. Toronto officials quickly came forward to apologize, and work crews are out clearing the sidewalk.
City spokesperson Mike DeAngelis said the city cannot attribute the accident to the weather, but echoed the apology.
“We apologize for the signage that wasn’t in good condition,” he said. “That’s the first step of fixing the sign post.”
He explained the city was planning to replace the post on the sidewalk when the accident happened.
A sign is posted on the adjacent lane to warn pedestrians that they could be in danger.
No one has been injured.
Alex Turner was one of the first people on the scene.
“I just saw the pole fall and a man just fall out of nowhere,” he said.
Steve Retzlaff was walking by when he came upon the wrecked footpath.
“I saw a man break his leg and [saw] a stuck man with his feet tied up and he was crying out for help,” he said.