64 injured in huge Quebec chain-reaction crash

A pileup involving 40 vehicles resulted in one death, Monday, January 27, 2014, on Highway 15,...

A pileup involving 40 vehicles resulted in one death, Monday, January 27, 2014, on Highway 15, Ste-Adèle, in the Laurentians. (DANIEL DESJARDINS / QMI AGENCY)

Maxime Deland, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:08 PM ET

VAL-MORIN, Que. - Whiteout conditions on Monday morning led to two fatal crashes in Quebec, as well as a 47-car pileup that left more than 60 people injured.

The chain-reaction series of collisions happened around 11:15 a.m. near Val-Morin, Que., about an hour north of Montreal.

Cars, minivans and SUVs were seen bunched up side by side with smashed front and rear ends.

At least 64 people were injured, including three who were transported to hospital in critical condition.

Their condition was upgraded to serious condition by mid-afternoon.

About 30 people were trapped in their vehicles, overwhelming paramedic crews.

A school bus was brought in to transport victims to area hospitals.

Highway 15, the main north-south thoroughfare in Quebec, was completely closed in both directions from Val-Morin to the Montreal suburb of Laval, 70 km to the south.

There were several other road collisions across southern Quebec, including two that were deadly.

A truck driver lost lost control of his vehicle and veered into the oncoming lane about an hour east of Montreal on Monday morning.

The truck collided head-on with a car, killing a man in his 50's.

Around the same time, east of Quebec City, a 17-year-old girl died when the car she was driving drifted into the path of an oncoming transport truck.

Slippery road conditions and strong winds that whipped up snow contributed to several crashes across Eastern Canada on Monday.

Near Ottawa, a portion of Hwy. 416 was closed in the morning because of a multi-vehicle pileup involving two tractor-trailers.


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