Three accidents within an hour

Three accidents within an hour

In less than an hour, Montreal and Laurentians were hit by three crashes, including a 16-year-old.

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The death toll on Quebec’s roads, already devastating, increased overnight from Saturday to Sunday.

The first collision took place at 1:45 a.m., in the Plateau-Mont-Royal area. A 42-year-old man was hit by a motorist as he crossed Park Avenue. He was seriously injured and died on the spot.

Around 2:30 a.m., a 62-year-old driver lost control of his motorcycle and was ejected on Route 117 in Wal-Morin, Laurentians. Police said he was pronounced dead.

15 minutes later, a 16-year-old boy died following a rampage, this time in the borough of Île-Bizard-Sainte-Geneviève in Montreal. There were two other 18-year-old passengers in the vehicle that veered off the road on Lakeside Road, which has a 40km/h posted speed limit.

“It’s actually a winding road, and then the accident happened at 2.45 a.m. The 911 call was made. There was only one vehicle on the road from Lakeside to Island Bizard,” explained SPVM spokeswoman Marion Allaire Morin.

The three incidents added to the massive toll of 22 deaths on Quebec’s roads during the construction holidays.

“I will tell you that overall we are at the same figures as in 2018, for example, 2017, 2018, 2019. It went down a little bit and this year, it went up again,” said a transport minister. Genevieve Guilbault in an interview on the program Salut Bonjour.

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“But sometimes, for example, in the context of road works, there are temporary reconstructions for all kinds of reasons, to ensure that everyone can live together in a safe way,” he added.

According to the Sûreté du Québec, distraction, overtaking, speeding and impaired driving are the four main causes of accidents.

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