MONTREAL – Driving in and about the city was a bit of a bumpy ride Monday.
Montrealers woke up to a snowfall that covered highways and major arteries in the region, causing slippery roads, delays, stalled cars and numerous accidents.
“Off island, particularly was very, very slippery,” said Global News traffic reporter Debbi Marsellos.
“Right off the Île-aux-Tourtes span, on the T-Can eastbound at Morgan, we had stall after stall, accident after accident.”
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For drivers near Sainte-Hélène-de-Bagot, things were even worse.
A series of collisions involving three to four trucks and about 15 to 20 vehicles forced the closure of all westbound lanes on Highway 20, east of Saint-Hyacinthe.
One person died and several others were injured as a result of the accidents.
CAA-Quebec said on days like this, drivers need to make sure they slow down to be extra cautious.
“The key thing that we should know is really to decrease our speed,” said CAA-Quebec spokesperson Anne-Sophie Hamel.
“So, just trying to not go as fast and make sure everybody is safe on the road.”
CAA-Quebec said by 12 p.m. Monday, they received about 1,600 calls.
That number could reach 3,000 by Tuesday morning.
Hamel told Global News that one thing everyone can do to help reduce those calls is to properly clean their cars before driving.
“Sometimes people only take the snow off their windows, but make sure that there’s no snow on the roof and your hood,” she said.
The snow may not be over yet – the forecast features more of the same – snow, high winds and cold temperatures for the next 24 hours.