Truck Plows Into Pedestrians, Killing 2

9 others injured, 2 seriously, in Quebec incident
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 14, 2023 1:50 AM CDT
Truck Plows Into Group of Pedestrians in Quebec, Killing 2
In this image provided by CTV News, first responders work the scene where two men died after a pickup truck plowed into pedestrians who were walking beside a road in Amqui, Quebec, Monday, March 13, 2023.   (CTV News via AP)

Two men died Monday after a pickup truck plowed into pedestrians beside a road in the eastern Quebec town of Amqui, although a senior Canadian official rapidly ruled out a terrorism attack or a national security incident, the AP reports. A provincial police spokeswoman said nine other people were injured, including two whose injuries are considered serious. Sgt. Hélène St-Pierre said the 38-year-old driver, a local resident, turned himself in to police and was arrested under suspicion of committing a fatal hit and run. A senior government official familiar with the matter said the incident was not terrorism or national security related. The official spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. Authorities had not mentioned any motive.

St-Pierre said the two people killed were both men, one in his 60s and the other in his 70s. St-Pierre said investigators and accident reconstruction experts were working to establish the circumstances of the crash. “Everything indicates it was an isolated incident, and that there is no more danger in the area, and there is just one suspect,” she said. Alain Gilbert, a truck driver, said he was driving into Amqui when he saw several ambulances tending to about four or possibly five people spread over a distance of about 500 yards. He saw a police officer performing CPR on one person lying on the ground. He said there didn’t appear to be any children in the group.

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