Two deadly head-on collisions in Montérégie

Weather may have been a factor.

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Two deadly head-on collisions took place in Montérégie Thursday evening, around the time of violent thunderstorms in southern Quebec.

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Around 5:30 pm, a collision involving three vehicles happened on Route 209.

“A Honda Civic crossed into the oncoming lane, where two vehicles were coming in the opposite direction,” said a Sûreté du Québec spokesperson.

The first vehicle, a minivan, managed to avoid the Honda but went into a ditch and hit an electrical pole. No one in the vehicle was injured.

The second vehicle, behind the minivan, collided with the Honda, whose 45-year-old male driver died following the accident.

The other driver, a 19-year-old man, suffered serious injuries, but his life is not in danger.

Route 209 was closed to allow collision experts to examine the scene and Hydro-Québec workers to repair the pole.

The second accident took place in St-Stanislas-de-Kostka.

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Around 5:15 pm, a head-on collision took place on Route 132 near Montée Leger.

“Weather conditions made visibility difficult,” said the SQ spokesperson.

“We don’t know who was in the wrong, but the driver of one of the vehicles remained trapped in his car. The jaws of life were used and he was transported to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.”

The victim was an 82-year-old man from Ste-Barbe.

The other driver, a 21-year-old man, suffered serious injuries and was transported to hospital, “but there is no fear for his life.”

The road was closed for collision experts to examine the scene.

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