Kerfuffle on highway 13: a collective action is authorized

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The superior Court allowed, on Tuesday, the demand for collective action filed by a motorist in connection with the kerfuffle that occurred during the snow storm, on 14 and 15 march. That night, hundreds of motorists had been locked in their vehicle for long hours on the highway 13 South and 520.


The government of Quebec and the City of Montreal are affected by this appeal, then, that the Société d’assurance automobile du Québec is also a cause.


Gilles D. Beauchamp, who has filed the application before the court, had left the tennis centre on 14 march to 20 h after being inflicted a wound. He wanted to make it as quickly as possible to his home to relieve his pain. So, he had borrowed highway 13 South, but around 20: 15, he had to stop his vehicle due to congestion. Without information on the reasons for the cap, of which he was unaware of the magnitude, he had had to wait in his vehicle until a route is eventually released on the highway 520 West to 2: 30. He had not been able to go home at 3 p.m.


If he had a bottle of water, Mr. Beauchamp had no food with him, or an analgesic to soothe the pain of his injury. He also claimed to have never saw a police officer on the scene or information on the situation.


Recall that in an investigation report unveiled in may, Florent Gagné had shown the finger the ministère des Transports du Québec (MTQ) and the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) for the ” communication dramatically deficient “.


A report commissioned by the outgoing mayor Denis Coderre revealed that at 3 h 27, the SQ had contacted the Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal (SIM) to ask him if he had the ability to evacuate the trapped people in some 300 vehicles on highway 13.


The SIM was finally reached at 4 h 29.


On behalf of the government of Quebec, premier Philippe Couillard had even apologized to the motorists victims of this bungling and their families. “It is clear that the response to this exceptional situation has not been proportional to its importance,” he said.


Judge Donald Bisson believes that there is any appearance of law as to the moral damage, and to damage the moral and material claimed, on account of the discomfort, the stress and anxiety experienced by motorists.


Gilles D. Beauchamp claims to $ 2000 for each member of the group, as well as $ 500 for punitive damages.

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