A fire forces the closure of the southbound Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine tunnel

A fire forces the closure of the southbound Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine tunnel

A burning vehicle caused the closure of the Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine tunnel southbound on Friday morning. The accident caused no injuries, but caused significant congestion in Montreal's east end, with motorists converging on the Jacques-Cartier Bridge to get to the south shore of Montreal.

The vehicle involved in the accident, an SUV, caught fire at kilometer 2 of the tunnel around 6:30 a.m. while it was in motion, according to the Sûreté du Québec ( SQ).

The Montreal Fire Department (SIM), the Longueuil Agglomeration Fire Department and the Renouveau La Fontaine firefighters were deployed to the scene to extinguish the fire. #x27;fire. This was brought under control around 8 a.m.

The closure of the southbound lanes has also been extended to carry out an inspection of the tunnel and allow the removal of debris from the ground by the Ministry of Transport. Southbound traffic should resume around 6 p.m., according to the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM).

The SPVM has deployed several officers between the Louis-Hippolyte- La Fontaine and the Jacques-Cartier Bridge to promote travel to the south shore.

Several other road closures will make traffic difficult in Montreal this weekend:

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  • Highway 40 eastbound between the Décarie and Laurentides interchanges;
  • The Turcot interchange at the ramps leading from the A-15 north and from the A-15 south to the R-136 E;
  • The PIE-IX bridge in both directions between Montreal and Laval;
  • Highway 30 towards west;
  • The A-20 interchange towards the A-30.
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