Tragedy in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville: an octogenarian sitting in a car on the tracks was hit by a train bound for Saint-Basile-le-Grand. The Service de Police de la Ville de Longueuil (SPAL) announced that she succumbed to her injuries in the evening.
Posted at 9:39pm
A major perimeter was erected in this Monteregian community early Friday evening to investigate this extraordinary accident.
Just before 6 p.m., an exo train returning passengers at the end of the rush hour struck a car on the level crossing. The collision happened in a busy area at the corner of Boulevard Seigneurial Ouest and Boulevard Sir-Wilfrid-Laurier (Route 116).
An 84-year-old woman was in the car at the time of the impact and did not survive her injuries. The driver, an 83-year-old man, was outside the vehicle during the collision and was not injured.
About 40 passengers on the train were also unharmed.
There are still many unanswered questions about how the accident happened. The investigation will determine why the vehicle was on the tracks, the speed of the train, visibility, etc.
“At the moment it is considered a coincidence,” says agent François Boucher, spokesman for SPAL.
Boulevard Seigneurial West is closed in both directions for the duration of the investigation. Drivers are asked to avoid the area.