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Icy road conditions were being blamed for a five-vehicle collision involving a dump truck, just before 7 a.m. on Tuesday.

Emergency vehicles responded to the scene at Queensway near Vanier Parkway to find four cars and a dump truck had been tangled in the crash in the eastbound lanes.

No serious injuries were reported.

The scene was blocked off for about 30 minutes.

OPP in Drummond Centre, about 45 minutes southwest of Ottawa, are blaming weather conditions for a serious head-on collision at the intersection of Highway 7 and Drummond Concession 7 at about 7:25 a.m.

Reports from the scene indicate one person had to be extricated from a vehicle and two men and a woman were taken to hospital in Ottawa with “major injuries.”

Highway 7 was reopened at about 10 a.m.

As of about 2:30 p.m. Ottawa police reported they had responded to 72 collisions since 5 a.m. There were no reports of serious injury.

Meanwhile, a water main break near the airport has forced the closing of Silver Star Private and Tracker Private, two roads that run adjacent to the parkway. The Ottawa Airport Authority is warning travellers to avoid the area and take Uplands Drive or the Airport Parkway.

OPP reported a host of smaller collisions in their territory as the morning rush-hour got underway.

Ottawa police reported similar conditions, although there were no major collisions.

Paramedics also reported greasy conditions and multiple collisions.

In the Outaouais, greasy conditions on the windswept Highway 50 led to a number of morning slides into the ditch although, again, few injuries were reported.

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement early Tuesday morning warning commuters to slow down as ice rain and ice pellets were expected to be falling through much of the morning commute.

Source: Ottawa Sun