The combination of blowing snow and black ice in the Montreal area is said to be the cause of multiple mash ups on the roads. Three chain-reaction highway accidents occurred in the region throughout the day Wednesday.
Extra provincial police in Quebec were called in to deal with the biggest pile-up east of Montreal. Around 70 vehicles were involved, including 30 tractor-trailers and a school bus. The wreckage stretched along nearly 2 km of the eastbound Highway near Ste. Julie. The area was closed off for at least six hours and there were three reports of minor injuries.
A pile-up with about 30 vehicles was reported north of the city as well. And on that same highway, another multi-vehicle pile-up took place involving 10 vehicles.
While police officials are used to motorists being caught off guard when a severe storm blows through, some say, seeing several pile-ups all in one day is a bit out of the ordinary.
Although it was a messy day on the roads, some residents made light of the storm and chose to embrace the snow.
“This week I took a week of vacation and I'm going to go to Montreal, so I like the snow yes,” said one man we caught up with. And another resident is already bracing for the clean-up. “We'll probably have to clean up the snow on my terrace at some point, but so far there's been no complications.”
An additional 5 to 10 cm of snow is possible for parts of the province Wednesday night before conditions begin to improve through the overnight hours.