Highway 40 reopens after concrete falls on car from overpass
Transports Québec says problem not "structural" and overpass is safe
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 Sûreté du Québec.
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.
"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.
With files from The Canadian Press