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Quebec transport minister calls for investigation into 200-car pileup on Highway 20

The pileup occurred around noon on Saturday on Highway 20 eastbound.
The pileup occurred around noon on Saturday on Highway 20 eastbound. TVA

Quebec Transport Minister François Bonnardel has called for an internal inquiry into a 200-car highway pileup in Val-Alain.

Bonnardel made the announcement on Tuesday, saying he hopes to shed light on the circumstances that led to the weekend accident.

“The day after I asked my deputy minister what happened,” said Bonnardel. “I was not satisfied with the answers I got this morning.”

“I asked him to start an internal inquiry and I will have the answers to this situation in the next week.”

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The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) were called to the scene around noon on Saturday after a series of accidents over a 30-kilometre span were reported on Highway 20 eastbound.

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Several people were treated for minor injuries and no one was seriously injured.

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At the time, Sgt. Claude Denis said there was not an official cause for the pileup, but there was poor visibility and the roads were icy.

The pileup forced the closure of Highway 20 eastbound for more than five hours.

After the transport ministry’s investigation is completed, Bonnardel said he plans to make the findings public.

— With files from The Canadian Press

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