The driver of a fire truck involved in an accident that seriously injured a motorist in Amgi on Sunday has been arrested for drunken driving.
Emergency services were called to Route 195 after a collision between a pickup truck and a fire truck from the MRC de la Matapadia fire department at 3:45 p.m.
The on-call emergency vehicle was traveling southbound on Park Avenue (Route 195) when it failed to stop at the Gentron Street intersection when the driver of a pickup truck cut it off.
Due to the collision between the two vehicles, the fire engine overturned on its side.
A woman in her sixties who was driving the van was seriously injured.
An on-duty firefighter was arrested for drunken driving.
“The 45-year-old man was taken to the police station to provide a breath alcohol sample,” confirmed Sûreté du Québec spokesman Stéphane Tremblay.
He was to be released on a promise to appear.
The other two firefighters in the truck were not injured.
Sadness among people
Marys Jalbert, who lives in the area, went to the scene of the accident.
According to eyewitnesses, the seriously injured woman wanted to go to the Richelieu market across the street, but she did not see the truck.
People at the scene could not believe the severity of the accident. Valerie Bernatchez said Register The injured woman worked with children with special needs and was loved by her parents.
A collision reconstructionist was called to the scene. The Sûreté du Québec will investigate.
Route 195 was closed to traffic for most of the evening
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