Seaplane crashes and serious injuries in head-on collisions

Seaplane crashes and serious injuries in head-on collisions

A head-on collision in Jonquière on Monday afternoon would have caused at least one serious injury, and a seaplane crash in Hebertville claimed the life of its pilot.

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The collision occurred at 2:15 p.m., opposite Serres Exotic, at the Jonquier exit toward Alma at 4488 Boulevard du Royaume.

Two vehicles collided at high speed at a speed of 90 km per hour. One of them ended up in the ditch and caught fire, leaving only one person still aboard.

Another was thrown on the other side of the rail, into the opposite ditch several meters away from the point of impact. The driver underwent CPR at the scene before being taken to hospital.

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The exact circumstances of the conflict must be clarified. The area is in a straight line, the road is dry, without blinding sun. An investigation into what happened is ongoing.

“We will not speculate at this time,” Saguenay police spokesman Carl Tremblay said.

The police understood the seriousness of the situation as soon as they arrived at the spot. “A patrolman was already in the area. Hearing the crash, he called paramedics and the fire department when he arrived. The Forensic Identification Service also moved in,” said Carl Tremblay.

Boulevard du Royaume near Saint-Isidore will be closed for a good part of Monday evening.

On the other hand, a seaplane pilot had a good scare at Hébertville in Lac-Saint-Jean when his seaplane overturned in the lake.

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Emergency services received a call around 12:30 p.m.

Amateur footage of the incident shows the plane turning left. Then, the tail rises up, and the seaplane ends on its nose, before tipping over Lake Kénogamichiche.

Amateur pictures

The pilot escaped unhurt. Without giving an on-camera interview, he said the misadventure was the genesis of the adventure.

The device will be restored by a specialized company.

A dozen firefighters and water rescue crews were dispatched to the scene, but luckily the pilot had already returned to shore.

“Fortunately, a kayaker got close to the seaplane and retrieved the pilot,” said Jackie Piquette of the Alma Fire Department.

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