Near-zero visibility leads to 50-vehicle pileup on Highway 10 near Magog
Provincial police confirm 1 death near Drummondville on Hwy 55; Hwy 20 closed at Saint-Zotique
A major snowstorm sweeping southern and central Quebec has reduced visibility and left roads snow-covered and treacherous.
Provincial police have confirmed one person is dead on Highway 55 near Saint-Wenceslas, southeast of Trois-Rivières, after a driver plowed directly into an overpass.
Highway 20 is closed in both directions at Saint-Zotique, about 70 kilometres west of Montreal, after a pileup involving at least 10 vehicles.
Police report injuries, although the number is not yet known.
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Magog hospital issues code orange
In the Eastern Townships, the westbound lanes of Highway 10 at Exit 121 near Magog are closed following a pileup involving about 50 vehicles that occurred around 4 p.m.
The hospital in Magog has issued a code orange warning, meaning staff will expect a large number of patients.
Hospital authorities are asking people who are not in imminent danger to avoid the emergency room and to call Info-Santé instead, at 811.
Quebec's Ministry of Transportation says people should stay home if they can.
The ministry reminds motorists not to try to pass snowplows.