Accident in Baie-des-Sables: one dead and two seriously injured
A fatal accident occurred between a semi-trailer truck and a car, Monday at 18h, in Baie-des-Sables, located about thirty kilometers from Matane. The collision cost the lives of one of the elderly passengers in their forties. The other two occupants, both from the area, were seriously injured.
“The second passenger, who is a young adult, is in critical condition,” says Ann Mathieu, head of communications at the Sûreté du Québec (SQ). Late Monday night, the police indicated that the driver, a forty-year-old, would be out of danger. The driver of the truck, meanwhile, escaped unscathed.
“According to preliminary information, the vehicle was preparing to start a turn in a private entrance when it was stamped by the heavy vehicle,” says Sergeant Mathieu. Under the force of the impact, the car was propelled several meters further into the ditch.
All evening, Route 132 has been closed in both directions, waiting for a reconstitutionniste accident scene from Quebec to come and make his expertise. Ministry of Transportation employees redirected traffic to a detour. An investigator was also trying to establish the circumstances of the event. Several paramedics, firefighters and police were dispatched to the scene. Firefighters from the La Mitis RCM have been called to reinforce their La Matanie colleagues.
Firefighters did not know where to turn, while at the same time a farm tractor was burning in a row in Baie-des-Sables. Even though the fire was circumscribed, the vehicle was completely calcined. Fortunately, his driver was not injured since he had time to escape the machine at the beginning of the fire.