UPDATE: Two dead, nine injured after pickup truck ploughs into pedestrians in Canadian town of Amqui, Quebec

UPDATE: Two dead, nine injured after pickup truck ploughs into pedestrians in Canadian town of Amqui, Quebec

A pickup truck that rammed into pedestrians in the Canadian town of Amqui in Quebec left two people dead and nine injured.

 

Tuesday, March 14 at 1:50am

At least two people have been confirmed dead after a pickup truck rammed into a group of pedestrians in the town of Amqui in Quebec, Canada. Another nine were injured, two seriously, according to police sources, with the other seven still under evaluation, as reported by globalnews.ca.

The two deceased were both males. One was in his 60s and the other, in his 70s said Surete du Quebec (SQ) police spokesperson Claude Doiron. A 38-year-old man is currently in custody, the driver of the offending vehicle. No explanation has been offered yet for the incident, and the police have refused to say whether they believe it could have been a deliberate act.

Tuesday, March 14 at 0:02am

As reported by Quebec provincial police, multiple people were injured today, Monday, March 13, after a pickup truck rammed into a group of pedestrians. The incident occurred just after 3pm local time in the Canadian town of Amqui in Quebec, with some of the victims said to be critical.

Specifically, the event took place on Saint-Benoit Boulevard, in front of the La Captive microbrewery. There has been no official report of the number of people hurt but a spokesperson for the Surete du Quebec confirmed that some suffered life-threatening injuries.

The number of injured is known to exceed six because Amqui hospital issued a code orange according to Gilles Turmel, a spokesperson for the local health authority CISSS du Bas-Saint-Laurent. A code orange is only called when there are six or more admissions from one incident.

Five patients in need of specialised care had been transferred to other hospitals. Three were admitted to Quebec City hospital, one to Rimouski and one to Montreal, he explained. For privacy reasons, he was unable to comment on their conditions.

An investigation has been launched to determine the full facts surrounding the incident and the driver of the vehicle has been arrested. At the time of the event, traffic in both directions on Saint-Benoit Boulevard was halted by the authorities, as reported by cbc.ca.

“My heart is with the people of Amqui, Quebec today. As we learn more about the tragic events that have taken place, I’m keeping everyone affected in my thoughts. And to the first responders: Thank you for acting quickly, courageously, and professionally”, tweeted the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.

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