Blind woman, guide dog struck by truck on Crémazie Boulevard

A visually-impaired woman struck by a truck while trying to cross a street north of Highway 40 this afternoon is expected to recover from her injuries, but her guide dog may not.

Victim suffered non-life threatening injuries, but dog may not survive, police say

Montreal police said weather conditions were a factor in the collision. (Simon-Marc Charron/Radio-Canada)

A visually-impaired woman and her guide dog were struck by a truck while trying to cross a street north of Highway 40 in the Ahuntsic neighbourhood this afternoon. 

It happened right around noon. The woman was walking west along Crémazie Boulevard and was crossing Tolhurst Street, seven blocks from St-Laurent Boulevard, when she was struck, Montreal police said. 

Police believe the truck came out from a side street and continued on for a short distance after striking the woman before the truck driver realized the victim and her dog were being dragged. 

Investigators said the driver administered aid to the victim after he stopped, and police were called. The 49-year-old woman was taken to hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The dog was taken to be treated by a vet. 

In an interview shortly after 3 p.m. ET, Const. Abdullah Emran said the animal's injuries were severe. 

Weather conditions made visibility difficult at that time, he said, and it's unlikely the 30-year-old truck driver will face charges. 

A thick snowfall hampered the police investigation, and the road was closed for several hours. 


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