A possibly intoxicated man crashed into several vehicles on Highway 20 and seriously injured a woman, Sunday evening near Sainte-Hélène-de-Bagot, in Montérégie.
Citizens who stopped overpowered the man who tried to flee the scene, bottle in hand, according to the Sûreté du Québec (SQ).
Calls were made to the emergency services shortly after 6 p.m. by people reporting reckless driving, exceeding speed limits and hitting vehicles.
Over a distance of a few kilometers, the man collided with three or four vehicles. One of them rolled over, and the woman in her fifties who was inside suffered life-threatening injuries, said the Sûreté du Québec (SQ). She was rushed to a hospital.
When the suspicious car finally came to a stop after a collision, the driver attempted to flee by exiting his vehicle from the passenger side, since the driver’s side was damaged so as to prevent the door from opening.
The man got out of his sedan, a bottle of alcohol in his hand. Drivers who stopped to help the injured kept the man on the ground, visibly intoxicated. They kept him in this position until the SQ police arrived a few minutes later.
A man in his fifties was also injured and taken to a hospital, but his injuries would be minor, the SQ said.
The driver was stopped.
Re-enactors were on hand to try to shed light on the event.