In the video above a Canadian couple with their Finnish driver got caught up in the incident without injury and managed to get some footage of the following chain reaction.

[NTFW note: there is strong language in the video. Use discretion when viewing.]

During the winter here in Finland, driving in snowy/icy conditions is an every day occurance. Due to thorough driver's training, which includes skid pad testing, and mandatory snow tires (studded or friction) on all vehicles, the overall driver's competancy level is quite good.

However, this past Friday on February 3, 2012 all the training in the world couldn't prepare the drivers of up to 250 vehicles in various locations around the Helsinki metro area. With the temperature at approximately -18C (-0.4F), dense traffic combined with a type of light billowing snow that hangs in the air, a kind of smoke screen effect was created causing zero visibility and thus this pile up.

The majority of the collisions (up to 200) occured on the Lahti motorway in Vantaa (approximately 17.0 km; 10.6 mi north of Helsinki city center) although other locations such as Ring III had 50 cars in pile up.

In the video above a Canadian couple with their Finnish driver got caught up in the incident without injury and managed to get some footage of the following chain reaction.

To date, this is the worst multi-car collision in Finland. There were no fatalities reported.

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