St-Lambert collision leaves tanker truck in St. Lawrence River
Westbound Highway 132 down to one lane after truck overturns to avoid collision
One lane still remains shut down on Highway 132 West, after a tanker truck ended up partially submerged in the St. Lawrence River when it swerved to avoid a collision.
The incident happened around 5:30 a.m. along Highway 132 near St-Lambert, south of Montreal.
Provincial police spokeswoman Sgt. MélanieDumaresq said the tanker driver ended up in the river after trying to avoid a motorhome and a car that had just collided and were stopped at the side of the highway.
The tanker side-swiped the two vehicles and crashed into the river.
Its driver was able to get out of the truck with the help of two people in a boat.
The driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries.
The tanker truck was carrying an estimated 40 tonnes of dry cement, and a team of environmental experts is on site to manage the cleanup.
Two westbound lanes of Highway 132 were closed as a result of the incident, backing up morning commuter traffic.
By the afternoon, one lane was reopen. The right-hand lane remained closed, backing up traffic for several kilometres.