A violent three-vehicle crash in Saguenay killed two people and seriously injured two others, Wednesday morning.
The accident occurred around 7:30 a.m. at the intersection of Boulevard Saint-Jean-Baptiste and Saint-Famille in Chicoutimi Parish.
According to the Saguenay Police Department (SPS), a pickup truck with a trailer attached struck the first vehicle first after losing control.
SPS spokeswoman Andréanne Nolin explains that the impact would have caused the van to veer off its path and collide with a tanker truck traveling in the opposite direction.
According to eyewitnesses, the first vehicle was waiting at a green light to turn left. Information that cannot be confirmed by the authorities.
Other injured victims
The 30-year-old woman who was driving the van did not stop and died instantly.
One of the passengers, a 32-year-old man, succumbed to his injuries a few hours later.
Two other occupants of the same vehicle belonging to the landscaping company were taken to Sikotimi Hospital in critical condition. But then they stabilized.
The occupants of the other two vehicles involved were not seriously injured.
Collision reconstruction experts from the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) were called to the scene to support investigators from the Saguenay Police Department.
They specifically looked at surveillance cameras in the department and questioned witnesses to establish more precisely the circumstances of the tragedy.
Probably not guilty
“At the moment, we don’t have any criminal elements, but we’re not closing any doors,” explained a spokesperson for SPS.
Emergency-Environmental intervention was requested after the contents of the tanker truck’s fuel tank spilled into the ditch.
Boulevard Saint-Jean-Baptiste was still closed early in the evening.
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