Wild weather wreaks havoc across Quebec



MONTREAL - Wild weather across Quebec on Sunday resulted in several vehicle pile-ups and strong winds, almost toppling a crane in downtown Montreal.

Environment Canada issued a wind and snow squall warning for Montreal on Sunday, while a snowstorm made driving difficult and contributed to several crashes on provincial highways.

At least one person was killed, but the majority of injuries reported were minor.

About 100 vehicles were stranded Sunday afternoon on a highway north of Montreal after a crash involving at least 10 vehicles. Four people were treated in hospital for minor injuries, police said.

There were other pile-ups on roads across the province and about 20 vehicles - including four tractor-trailers - were involved in a crash about 100 km northeast of Montreal.

Fearing that a crane in the city's downtown would topple Sunday morning, Montreal police closed several streets and evacuated a church while workers lowered the machine.

Montrealers were greeted by a thunderstorm early Sunday, followed by hail and snow as well as strong winds gusting up to 90 km/h. About five cm of snow was expected to accumulate in Montreal, however, 25 cm was predicted by the end of the day for the Quebec City region.

The rain, wind and snow began to subside by late afternoon, but, Montrealers can expect a chilly night and week ahead. The temperature is expected to drop to -29 C overnight.

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