A person perished Saturday morning in his burning vehicle following a terrible collision involving three vehicles in Val-d’Or, in Abitibi-Témiscamingue. A second injured succumbed to his injuries in hospital, according to reports from the Sûreté du Québec.
Posted on October 24, 2020 at 1:46 p.m.
The Canadian Press
The accident happened at around 5 a.m. on the Thompson Bridge which spans the river of the same name.
For some as yet undetermined reason, the victim’s van swerved out of its lane before coming face to face with a heavy truck.
A third vehicle was unable to brake in time and struck the pickup truck from behind.
“Under the violence of the impact, the van caught fire. The driver is still inside, but the fire is extinguished, ”said Sergeant Béatrice Dorsainville, spokesperson for the SQ, in a telephone interview four hours after the tragedy.
She added that the driver of the heavy truck was in critical condition in a hospital center. The man’s death in his 50s was unfortunately confirmed later today.
The person who was behind the wheel of the van could not be identified immediately because of the state in which his body is following the fire, said Sergeant Jean Raphaël Drolet of the SQ .
The driver of the third vehicle involved was not injured.
Route 117 was completely closed in both directions on the Thompson Bridge, for an indefinite period, to allow SQ police officers to do their job at the scene of the accident. It was still impossible to get around in the middle of the day.
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