Icy roads lead to deadly pileup in Quebecs Outaouais region

Icy roads lead to deadly pileup in Quebec\s Outaouais region
Woman, 35, dead after Outaouais highway pileup
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.

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

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

The agency’s alert for Montreal and the surrounding areas now forecasts between two and five millimetres of freezing rain.

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

Lenny Colesio walks along Elmhurst Ave. in Montreal, on Sunday, January 4, 2015 where the power was out. John Kenney / Montreal Gazette

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

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.

"People did not adapt to the slippery road conditions," said Sûreté du Québec spokesperson Sgt. Claude Denis.

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.

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