Students from the Quebec city region sleep at the school because of bad weather
The bad weather has made driving conditions really difficult, Monday, particularly in the greater Quebec city area, where some schools have even kept the kids for the night.
At the end of the evening, the minister of public Safety, Genevieve Guilbault, issued a press release indicating that “schools of the South Shore of Quebec had made the decision to keep the children”. The objective was to “avoid risky traffic in the bus”.
The spokesman of the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), Hélène Nepton, has confirmed that several schools in the south of Quebec had taken such precautionary measures.
For its part, the Commission scolaire des navigateurs has published on its website that all the children would be kept at the school “as the situation would not be returned to normal”, in addition to cancel the adult education courses for the evening.
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The minister Guilbault has pointed out that concerned parents were notified.
Ms. Guilbault has also asked citizens to avoid travel.
The SQ has actually reported throughout the day of multiple collisions and many outputs of roads.
In Saint-Gilles, thirty kilometers south of Lévis, a young driver of 17 years was in a critical condition on Monday night after losing control of his vehicle on route 269 north.
His car crashed into a tow truck that could not avoid it, according to the spokesperson for the SQ.
The bridge of l’île-d’orléans has also been closed for a while Monday because of a collision on the bridge, said Ms. Nepton.
The blowing snow was the main problem on the roads in the south of Quebec, because she was zero visibility in places.
The Montérégie has not been spared by the bad road conditions.
A pileup occurred on highway 15 towards the south, in the early after-noon, in Saint-Jacques-le-Mineur, located near Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle.
Twenty vehicles, including several trucks, were involved.
A stretch of the motorway was closed in both directions for more than half of the day.