Two dead in Quebec train-truck collisionWednesday, January 09, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
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.