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Ottawa conditions improving after freezing rain

12/22/2011 07:42 EST | Updated 02/21/2012 05:12 EST

Roads were looking a little better Thursday morning, emergency crews say, after treacherous conditions raised havoc throughout Wednesday and into the overnight.

All major highways are dry in and out of Ottawa and the airport is free of any major cancellations.

Emergency crews did remain busy, though, across Ottawa overnight as cold temperatures froze already slippery streets and sidewalks.

Ottawa paramedics said they had so many calls they have not had time to add them up. Their estimate was more than 100 as of early Thursday, which included 25 injuries to pedestrians.

One woman did die after her vehicle slid off the road and crashed into a post on Highway 50 near Masson-Angers, Que., about 35 km northeast of downtown Ottawa and just across the river from Cumberland.

This number also includes some of the more than 70 vehicle collisions reported during the afternoon and evening Wednesday.

Gatineau police reported about 30 accidents including two minor injuries.

Ottawa fire services reported roads were "sheer ice" overnight. It was so bad, they said, a fire truck smashed into a hydro pole when responding to a person who slipped and fell in Greely, south of Ottawa.

That knocked out most of the power in town and it forced paramedics to help the fallen person in the dark with flashlights.

There are also a couple of school bus delays Thursday morning but all boards throughout Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec have buses running at full force.

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