August 12, 2022

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Serious accident on route 117 in Riviere-Rouge

Four people were seriously injured in a head-on collision Sunday afternoon on Route 117 in Rivière-Rouge in the Laurentians.

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A head-on collision between the two vehicles involved occurred around 4:30 p.m.

According to preliminary information, the driver of an SUV was trying to avoid a collision with another car when he found himself in the opposite lane. That’s when he collided with the family vehicle, according to the Sûreté du Québec (SQ).

A 32-year-old passenger in the SUV was seriously injured. He was rushed to the hospital in a life-threatening condition. The driver, a 33-year-old man, suffered minor injuries. A child was also in the vehicle. According to SQ, the latter will be in good health.

A passenger in the other vehicle was also transported with serious but non-life threatening injuries. Rescue tongs were needed to extricate the 56-year-old driver from the family vehicle. She sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries. A child was also in this second vehicle and appears to be in good health.

A collision investigator from the SQ visited the scene to understand the circumstances surrounding the accident.

Route 117 is completely blocked for traffic in this area. A detour is in place via Chemin des Rapides and Montee Bigras.

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