Class action lawsuit authorized in Highway 13 fiasco

A Superior Court judge has given the green light to a class action suit after hundreds of motorists were left stranded on Highway 13 during a snowstorm last March.

The lawsuit launched by motorist Gilles Beauchamp, who was trapped on the highway for seven hours beginning at 8 p.m. March 14, names the Quebec government and the city of Montreal as defendants.

The suit contends the province and city failed in their duty to properly manage the traffic jam, which was caused after two trucks became stuck in the snow and ice and their drivers refused to be towed.

The suit is seeking $2,000 for the approximately 500 motorists trapped on the highway during the time it took to unclog the thoroughfare amid a breakdown in emergency services communications.

Original published: 2017-11-14 16:39:03 Read the full Montreal News here

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