Montreal

Pedestrian overpass dismantled after spectacular crash on Highway 40

Transports Québec crews took down a pedestrian bridge Thursday near Repentigny after a semi-trailer loaded with cornmeal crashed into the overpass in spectacular fashion Wednesday afternoon.

Loaded semi-trailer slammed into overpass late Wednesday afternoon

A loaded semi-trailer, unwittingly left in the raised position, smashed into a pedestrian overpass above Highway 40. (Lauren McCallum/CBC)

Transports Québec crews took down a pedestrian bridge Thursday near Repentigny after a semi-trailer loaded with cornmeal crashed into the overpass in spectacular fashion Wednesday afternoon.

The loaded semi-trailer, unwittingly left in the raised position, smashed into the overpass above Highway 40. It forced the partial closure of a stretch of the highway north of Montreal.

No one was injured in the collision.

The highway's eastbound lanes were closed between Brien and Larochelle boulevards in Repentigny until this morning as workers dismantled the pedestrian overpass.

By 6:30 a.m., the highway was reopened, although the service road remained closed between Brien and Larochelle.

The Transport Ministry said dismantling the walkway was a "preventative measure."

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Clarifications

  • In its original report on this story, CBC News quoted Quebec's Transport Ministry as saying the truck was loaded with canola seed. The ministry has since corrected that information, confirming the load was animal-grade cornmeal.
    Apr 05, 2018 4:32 PM ET

With files from CBC's Lauren McCallum

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