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Montreal commuters head for work in icy conditions, say police

02/03/2015 07:09 EST | Updated 04/05/2015 05:59 EDT
Quebec’s provincial police are reminding drivers to play it safe, as black ice makes travel over bridges particularly treacherous on the morning commute.

Jackknifed truck on Médéric Martin bridge

Early this morning, a truck jackknifed while heading north on the Médéric Martin Bridge, which spans the Rivière de Prairies between Laval and Montreal. That triggered a series of accidents involving as many as a dozen vehicles.

Only one northbound lane is open on the bridge, with the remaining lanes expected to be closed until at least 9 a.m.

Police said yesterday’s icy conditions were a factor in about 200 accidents in the greater Montreal area.

A spokeswoman for the Sûreté du Québec says commuters must take account of the road conditions as they plan their morning commute.

Sgt. Audrey-Anne Biodeau suggests:

- Outfitting your car with winter tires (as required by law)

- Keeping a safe distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you

- Adjusting your speed to fit the road conditions.

Though the high winds and blowing snow that contributed to Monday's difficult road conditions have died down, road conditions continue to be bad in some regions into Tuesday.

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