A woman was killed and two other people seriously injured in a head-on crash in the Beauce region.  

The crash happened just after 12:15 p.m. on Highway 173 near Beauceville, 90 kilometres south of Quebec City.  

The 62-year-old female driver was heading south when her car crossed the centre line and collided with a northbound car.  She was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Her 56-year-old passenger was taken to hospital in critical condition.

The other driver, a man in his 70s, is also in hospital with serious injuries.  

The highway was closed until mid-afternoon, as police investigated the crash.