Near-zero visibility leads to 50-vehicle pileup on Highway 10 near Magog

A major snowstorm sweeping southern and central Quebec has reduced visibility and left roads snow-covered and treacherous.

Provincial police have confirmed one person is dead on Highway 55 near Saint-Wenceslas, southeast of Trois-Rivières, after a driver plowed directly into an overpass.

Highway 20 is closed in both directions at Saint-Zotique, about 70 kilometres west of Montreal, after a pileup involving at least 10 vehicles.

Police report injuries, although the number is not yet known. 

Magog hospital issues code orange

In the Eastern Townships, the westbound lanes of Highway 10 at Exit 121 near Magog are closed following a pileup involving about 50 vehicles that occurred around 4 p.m.

The hospital in Magog has issued a code orange warning, meaning staff will expect a large number of patients.

Hospital authorities are asking people who are not in imminent danger to avoid the emergency room and to call Info-Santé instead, at 811.

Quebec's Ministry of Transportation says people should stay home if they can.

The ministry reminds motorists not to try to pass snowplows.