An output of drive force the closure of a stretch of route 117

Une sortie de route force la fermeture d'un tronçon de la route 117

LAC-SAGUAY, Qc — A semi-trailer truck carrying explosive materials has made a swerve on the highway 117, in the night from Thursday to Friday, near Lac-des-Écorces, Laurentians, forcing the evacuation of three residences and the complete closure of the road.

A responsible Emergency-Environment, told The canadian Press that there had been a “very small amount” of product has fallen on the ground, adding that there was no concern for the environment. The truck was carrying a product used in the manufacture of explosives, of which the texture was pasty rather than liquid.

Route 117 is, however, closed from 3 hours and 40 minutes, in both directions, for about twenty kilometres. According to the Sûreté du Québec, it will remain closed to traffic for several additional hours, as long as the debris have not been recovered and that it will not be considered safe by experts dispatched on-site.

A bypass road was built for passenger vehicles. As for the trucks, they must perform a detour route 105 or route 309.

The driver of the truck was not injured. The residents of three residences located near the site of the accident have been evacuated as a precautionary measure.

The road conditions and the slippery road because of the ice storm could be in question, depending on the SQ.

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