One dead in 50 vehicle pileup on Highway 20

One person was killed and fifteen were hurt yesterday during a winter weather pileup on Highway 20 in Quebec.

Heavy Snow, Blowing Wind, Contribute To Massive Pileup

The crash began in the westbound lanes of Highway 20 near Montreal around 1 p.m. while snow and blowing winds decreased visibility.

Authorities say that at least 50 vehicles, including numerous tractor trailers, were involved in the pileup crash.

A man in his 70’s was pinned in a vehicle as a result of the pileup. Rescue crews brought in the Jaws of Life to extract him, but it was too late and the man passed away. Fifteen other people suffered minor injuries.

Authorities say that the cause of the crash remains under investigation. “For now, it’s hard to say what exactly caused it. We know there was an 18-wheeler involved from the beginning,” said SQ spokesperson Sgt. Ingrid Asselin.

Highway 20 was shut down in both directions for hours while crews worked to clean up the crash. Both lanes of the highway were reopened by 6 p.m.