Canada Serious injuries after 200 vehicles involved in pileup south of Montreal

01:26  20 february  2020
01:26  20 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

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pileup involving numerous vehicles on the south shore of Montreal in La Prairie, Quebec. Nearly 70 people have been injured in a pile - up involving about 200 vehicles on a busy highway in a The SQ does not typically provide details on injuries in evolving situations. Footage of the crash

a multi- vehicle pileup which has closed Highway 15 in both directions in La Prairie on Montreal 's There are no reports yet of the extent of the injuries , although police said some people are in serious condition. Denis said it is too early to estimate how many vehicles were involved in the collisions.

a truck is parked in the snow © Provided by The Canadian Press

MONTREAL — Whiteout conditions that came about suddenly most likely triggered a massive pileup involving about 200 vehicles in La Prairie, south of Montreal, authorities said Wednesday.

There were no immediate reports of deaths but Quebec provincial police said about a dozen people were sent to hospital with minor to serious injuries after the midday crash.

Firefighters from La Prairie said two people were still trapped Wednesday afternoon and authorities were trying to stabilize a diesel spill before extracting them from the wreckage.

Those two people are considered to be in serious condition.

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A pileup involving about 20 vehicles forced the complete closure of Highway 15 south at Saint-Jacques-le-Mineur, in the Montérégie region. The accident happened Monday afternoon on the highway near kilometre 23. According to the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), the crash caused some minor injuries

READ MORE: Highway 20 eastbound reopens after 200 - vehicle pileup . The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) were called to the scene around noon on Saturday after a series of accidents over a 30-kilometre span were reported on Several people were treated for minor injuries and no one was seriously injured .

The crash occurred around 12:30 p.m. on a stretch of Highway 15 that runs along the St. Lawrence River. The pileup of vehicles stretched for about a kilometre.

Transport Minister Francois Bonnardel told reporters in Quebec City the pileup took place in an area where heavy winds come off the river, creating sudden blizzard-like conditions.

"People were driving, there were strong winds ... and, suddenly, you couldn't see anything," Bonnardel told reports. "And then, well, the pileup started."

Two snow removal operations took place in the area in the hour before the incident, he noted.

Bonnardel said the highway isn't known for particular safety issues and 65,000 vehicles use the southbound part of it on a daily basis.

"No coroner's report relating to winter viability (of the area) has been produced for at least 20 years," Bonnardel said.

Highway 15 closed in La Prairie on Montreal's South Shore after multi-vehicle pileup

  Highway 15 closed in La Prairie on Montreal's South Shore after multi-vehicle pileup Quebec provincial police say Highway 15 is closed in both directions near the scene of the multi-vehicle crash. Ambulances are on the scene to move the injured, and unhurt occupants of the vehicles involved are being moved off the site by bus.Sûreté du Québec spokesperson Sgt. Claude Denis said the collisions occurred at around 12:30 p.m. in the southbound direction of Highway 15 near kilometre 46.

Everyone is expected to survive with what police describe as minor injuries . In another crash blamed on the weather, one man died south of On Tuesday evening, on Highway 40 westbound in the Assumption area northeast of Montreal , about 15 vehicles were involved in another pileup blamed

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Two people were killed and 38 were injured Monday in a highway pileup in snowy weather in southwestern South Korea, officials said. (Na Bo-bae/Yonhap via AP) The Jeonbuk Provincial Police Agency said the pileup involved about 30 vehicles , including a chemical

The transport minister said he'll await the results of an investigation before deciding if any particular measures need to be taken.

Police spokesman Sgt. Stephane Tremblay said about 50 vehicles were able to drive away from the collision, but 75 others would need to be towed. Numerous vehicles were mangled, including several large trucks.

About 150 people were taken by bus to a nearby community centre for treatment and to be picked up.

Tremblay said police crash experts will study what caused the pileup.

A school bus was also involved in the pileup, but none of the high school students on board were injured, said Andree Laforest, the province's acting public security minister.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 19, 2020.

Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press

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