Transport Quebec has re-opened Hwy. 40 westbound in the West Island, after a large piece of concrete fell from an overpass earlier this afternoon.
A sliver of concrete fell from the side of the Henri-Bourassa E. overpass onto the roadway of Hwy. 40 westbound at around the noon hour today, forcing that stretch of road to close for close to three hours.
The chunks of concrete falling from the overpass landed on the hood of one passing car. Up to four or five other cars were damaged slightly. No one was injured.
Inspectors from Transport Quebec were quickly dispatched to the scene of the accident; they found that structurally, there was no danger of the overpass collapsing.
Sarah Bensadoun with Transport Quebec says its crews will take another look at the structure tonight, and will carry out inspections of similarly-designed structures throughout the province.
"We are not sure if this was caused because of the winter conditions," Bensadoun told reporters. "We are going to investigate, and as soon as we have the details of what caused the concrete to fall, for sure, we'll let you know."
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