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Two dead in Quebec train-truck collision

JOLIETTE, Que. - A woman and an infant are dead after a Via Rail passenger train collided with a sports utility vehicle at a crossing shortly after leaving a station northeast of Montreal.

The impact ripped the truck in half.

The 32-year-old mother and the two-year-old child were transported to hospital where they were declared dead.

Quebec provincial police spokesman Benoit Richard says today's collision happened near Notre-Dame-des-Prairies, not far from the Joliette train station.

There were warning lights but no barrier at the crossing about 50 kilometres from Montreal.

Richard says fog may have been a factor.

The train carrying 21 passengers had left the station about six minutes before impact.

No passengers were injured.

The federal Transportation Safety Board has sent a team to the scene of the collision to investigate.

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