December 12, 2017 2:09 pm
Updated: December 12, 2017 6:56 pm

Buses, cars sliding down slippery hills as Montreal hit with first major snowfall

WATCH: Buses and cars are slipping and sliding down steep hills in Montreal as the city is hit with its first major snowfall of the season. Global's Tim Sargeant reports.

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Buses and cars are slipping and sliding down steep hills in Montreal as the city is hit with its first major snowfall of the season.

READ MORE: Montreal hit with first major snowfall of the season

On Côte-des-Neiges Road, between Sherbrooke Street and Docteur-Penfield Avenue, an STM bus crashed into a pole.

The STM confirmed to Global News that there are no reported injuries.

“A tow truck is now on the scene to free the vehicles, but it’s a complex operation,” it said in a tweet.

According to Montreal police spokesperson Jean-Pierre Brabant, city workers are heading to several intersections, including Côte-des-Neiges Road, Cedar Avenue and Docteur-Penfield Avenue, to salt the streets.

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He’s advising people to avoid these areas.

City spokesperson Philippe Sabourin told Global News more than a 1,000 trucks have been deployed to clear the streets of snow and to add salt and sand.

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“They will need maybe four hours to clear the sidewalks on the main streets,” he said.

“For the little streets, we will take maybe eight hours to clean the sidewalks. They will keep working until the end of the precipitation.”

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The city is expected to see between 15 and 23 centimetres of snow by Wednesday evening.

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Snow-clearing operations will focus on areas around schools, hospitals and Metro stations before moving on to smaller streets.

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Once snow-removal operations begin, Sabourin expects it will take approximately 36 hours for the snow to be cleared from the city’s main streets.

rachel.lau@globalnews.ca

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