Highway 40 reopens after concrete falls on car from overpass

The westbound Highway 40 at Hymus Boulevard is now open to traffic after a piece of concrete fell onto a car from the Henri-Bourassa overpass above.

Transports Québec says problem not "structural" and overpass is safe

Falling concrete closed Highway 40 West at Hymus Boulevard was closed after falling concrete hit a car Monday morning. 0:41

The westbound Highway 40 at Hymus Boulevard is once again open to traffic after concrete fell onto a car from the Henri-Bourassa overpass above late Monday morning.

The accident happened around 11:30 a.m. ET. 

One car's hood and windshield were heavily damaged after the concrete fell onto it, while several other cars sustained minor damage, mostly owing to debris on the ground that caused punctured tires, said Gino Paré of the SûretéduQuébec.

There were no reported injuries.

Transports Québec officials closed the highway's westbound lanes so that workers could inspect the overpass structure. 

Transports Québec spokeswoman Caroline Larose told CBC News that the concrete came from underneath a guardrail on the Henri-Bourassa overpass but said inspectors have since deemed the structure to be safe.

Concrete fell from an overpass and damaged a car passing underneath on Highway 40. No one was injured and inspectors say the overpass is structurally safe. ( Claude Bonin)

"It was not structural," she said. "It did not come from underneath the infrastructure."

"It's definitely safe," she said.

Larose referred to the fallen concrete as "cosmetic concrete" that might have come loose as a result of weather conditions.

Possible overnight closure

Inspectors will return to the structure tonight for further inspections tonight. If anything else needs to be secured, that work will be done, Larose said. 

The inspections could lead to possible closures of Highway 40 overnight. 

She added that all other overpasses bearing similar guardrails will also be inspected and secured if necessary. 

Highway 40 West is closed after a piece of concrete fell onto a car. (Google Maps)
Highway 40 West was closed completely after a piece of concrete fell onto a car.

With files from The Canadian Press

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.