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Icy roads turn deadly in Quebec

Truck window iced over
Truck window iced over

Beverley Ann D'Cruz, staff writer

November 23, 2010 — Freezing rain is compromising driving conditions in Ontario and Quebec and authorities are warning motorists to take precaution on the roads.

Heavy rain soaks Montreal on Tuesday
Heavy rain soaks Montreal on Tuesday

Treacherous driving conditions caused by freezing rain left one man dead in Brossard, Quebec Monday.

The accident happened during rush hour on Monday morning when four cars were involved in a commuter pile up. According to police, the man got out of his car after the collision and was struck by another on-coming vehicle. He was later declared dead at the hospital.

Freezing rain warnings across the province have been ongoing for the past few days now. The warnings have extended into parts of Ontario including Timmins, Sudbury, North Bay and Ottawa as well.

On Sunday the Ontario Provincial Police reported several crashes in Ottawa as a result of the weather. Several of the collisions, none of them major, were reported in the span of a single hour along Highway 417. Parts of some roads were also covered with a layer of black ice.

The same low pressure system that brought rain to Ontario on Monday moved into Quebec bringing heavy rain and soggy conditions throughout the day on Tuesday.

The risk for freezing rain continues as well. Authorities are advising drivers to slow down and proceed with caution. Plenty of space should also be left between vehicles to prevent from any sudden pile ups.

With files from Lisa Varano and Andrea Stockton

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