This weekends freezing rain isnt done yet, Environment Canada warns

This weekend\s freezing rain isn\t done yet, Environment Canada warns
One reported dead in multi-vehicle crash on Highway 117
Roads and sidewalks in many areas of southwestern Quebec transformed into veritable ice rinks overnight due to freezing rain – and its not over quite yet. 

Environment Canada is expecting up to 10 millimeters of freezing rain to fall during the day Sunday.

Quebec provincial police say a 35-year-old woman has died after a pileup on Highway 117 near Lake Pythonga in the Outaouais, about 350 kilometres northwest of Montreal.

According to Hydro Quebec, over 200 homes are without power in the Monteregie. No outages have been reported in the Montreal area so far. 

One person in another vehicle was transported to hospital in Montreal with serious injuries, but police don't believe that person's life is in danger.

As temperatures rise above zero later this afternoon, the freezing rain is expected to taper off into rain, which will continue throughout the week.

Around 8 p.m. Saturday, a freight truck skidded on black ice while driving Route 117, near Lac-Pythonga, in the Outaouais. 

The diversion created a pileup on the road – a bus, and then multiple vehicles collided with the truck.

A woman in her mid-30s has apparently died in a multi-vehicle collision Saturday night on Route 117, near Lac-Pythonga, 325 kilometres northwest of Montreal in the La Vérendrye wildlife reserve.

Around 8 p.m., a 53-foot truck transporting food skidded and jackknifed on the icy road, dumping part of its load, said Sûreté du Québec spokesperson Sgt. Claude Denis. The driver of a long-distance bus was unable to stop because of the icy conditions and crashed into the truck at low speed, he said.

A second truck swerved off the road to try to avoid the pileup and landed on top of a car. Emergency workers used hydraulic tools to rescue the car driver but she showed no vital signs when she was brought out, Denis said.

The truck drivers and the driver and passengers of the bus were unharmed, but the driver of another vehicle was seriously injured and taken to a hospital in Montreal. The person’s life was not to be in danger, Denis said.

Because of the investigation and the load spilled on the highway, it was partly closed, with drivers forced to alternate in each direction, he said.