Hours before the full force of Montreal’s first major snowfall this season made itself felt, motorists were rediscovering the hard way just how treacherous roads can be.
Dozens of accidents — jackknifed trucks, cars skidding off slippery roads and rear-enders — were reported on highways in and around Montreal Monday morning, particularly on the South Shore.
The situation was particularly bad on Highways 30 and 138 around the Mercier Bridge, with an apparent lack of road abrasives and several jackknifed trucks and creating delays estimated by some traffic reports to extend up to two hours.
Multi-vehicle collisions were also reported on Highway 10 around Brossard.
The Sûreté du Québec noted that while things did indeed seem to be bad on the South Shore, similar conditions were being reported on Highways 15 and 20 and urged motorists to be vigilant and adapt their driving to the day’s conditions.
No serious injuries were reported in any of the incidents.