Accidents, Train Cancellations & Hazardous Roads Created A Messy Montreal Commute (Photos)
- The city of Montreal's roads faced mayhem this morning.
- From metro delays to half done snow removal, commuters were struggling during rush hour.
- See pictures of the struggles faced by local this morning below.
It's been a rough morning for Montrealers trying to get to work today, with a car on fire on the Autoroute 15 as well as an accident on the Pont Gédéon-Ouiment. Snow removal is still slowly underway, the exo4 Candiac line is still down, and the STM metro Green line faced some minor delays this morning as well. On their own, any of these incidents may result in minor delays for a small fraction of the population. But add them all together and we've got ourselves the perfect ingredients for a crappy morning in the city of Montreal.
Though it's hard to say if the slow progress of snow removal is the direct source of these issues, considering the city is reporting they are about halfway done in most boroughs.
No, I'm tempted to believe it's the shining sun and bright blue sky that has caused Montreal drivers to become temporarily distracted, stunned by the beautiful weather.
But realistically, all of these incidents are likely a complete coincidence. But it does seem somewhat shocking that there would be so much going on in Montreal this morning.
Take a look at everything Montreal commuters were dealing with on the way to work this morning.
For those travelling by rail, the Green Line here in Montreal faced a slow down due to a mechanical problem early this morning. It went down right around the beginning of the morning rush which "caused a domino effect on the delivery of metro service," according to the STM's tweet below.
@iamboubi Un ralentissement de service en raison d'un problème mécanique en début de pointe cause un effet domino s… https://t.co/8cz68g4otb— Ligne Verte (@Ligne Verte) 1581516635.0
The tweet notes that "significant traffic is being observed."
For those travelling to or from Candiac using the exo4 train, the protests against the Coastal GasLink pipeline in B.C. continue.
Pipeline Protests Block A Montreal Train Route & Exo Is Suggesting Transit Alternatives - MTL Blog:… https://t.co/9cMvNtlKd7— MyTransit Montreal (@MyTransit Montreal) 1581482044.0
Trains lines are still being blocked on the Montreal commuter train as well as in Belleville, Ontario, stopping VIA Rail trains between Montreal and Toronto.
On the roads this morning, the Autoroute 15 has been having a rough one. A car on fire caused significant congestion and delays as several lanes headed into Montreal were blocked.
Autoroute 15 sud à Mirabel, les automobilistes ont tout le temps pour regarder le levée du soleil. Congestion impor… https://t.co/T4b1XNZ70q— Marie-Anne Lapierre (@Marie-Anne Lapierre) 1581509801.0
[CIRCULATION ROUTIÈRE DENSE] ⚠️ En raison d'un accident survenu sur l'autoroute 15 Sud ce matin, la circulation rou… https://t.co/NDLQPAUTEX— exo Laurentides (@exo Laurentides) 1581511378.0
The Exo Laurentides Twitter account informed passengers that, due to the accident, there was dense traffic on Curé Labelle and movement into Laval was delayed 20 or 30 minutes.
Laval's Pont Gédéon-Ouimet also saw an accident that inevitably blocked several lanes of traffic, which can be seen in the traffic camera photos below.
A total of 13 cars were involved in the accident.
This also implicates commuters on the Autoroute 15 headed into Montreal, though traffic should be getting back to normal shortly.
Yes, it seems the shining sun and bright blue sky have somehow managed to create mayhem this morning in Montreal.
So if you're starting to feel like you just can't even — you're not alone. Take this tipped over excavator in Pointe-Claire, for example.
It managed to cause quite a back-up on boulevard Des Sources for commuters headed south.
And if all of this doesn't make you want to stay home today — then at the very least, travel safely and don't let the beautiful blue sky and shining sun distract you.