Police are investigating whether a buildup of snow on the shoulder of Highway 30 could have caused a car to plunge off it Thursday, resulting in the death of a 32-year-old woman.
Golnaz Ghanean, 32, died after losing control of her car on Highway 30. The car plunged off an overpass and landed upside down on Harwood Rd. in Vaudreuil-Dorion.
Sûreté du Québec Sgt. Ingrid Asselin said the woman lost control of her car while she was driving eastbound near kilometre 23 at about 10:10 a.m. Thursday.
Emergency workers had to cut the woman out of her car, a process that takes about a half hour, Asselin said. When she emerged, she had serious injuries and was sent to the Hôpital du Suroît in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, where she was declared dead.
The woman was the lone person in the car, and no other vehicles were implicated in the accident. Asselin said she didn’t know whether the road was icy, or if the woman was wearing her seat belt.
However, photos taken at the scene of the accident show there was a buildup of snow on the shoulder of the overpass, where the car slid off. Asselin said the SQ will be examining whether road conditions led to the woman’s death, as is the case in any road accident.
The area, formerly known as Highway 540, is now part of the new Highway 30 express route, which allows cars and trucks to bypass the island of Montreal. The highway was built, and is being maintained by a private company called A30 Express.
Sylvie Marier, a spokesperson for the company, said snow clearing has been done regularly throughout the route, and that snow buildup was not from the major storm from Dec. 27.
She added the highway was cleared from snow again on Thursday shortly after it was reopened after the accident, but couldn’t say whether that was done on orders from the SQ.
“We can see there was an accumulation on the shoulder,” Marrier said. “But at this point, we prefer not to comment, because the incident is being investigated.”