Man dies, another seriously injured in wrong-way collision on highway in Laurentians

Provincial police say they were called just before midnight. They were pursuing a 26-year-old driver on Highway 117 southbound when the vehicle collided with another car. 

Police were pursuing a driver going in the opposite direction of traffic when crash happened

A car going in the opposite direction of traffic hit another during a police chase, killing one man and seriously injuring another. (Alain Beland/Radio-Canada)

A 26-year-old man has died after he was driving a car in the wrong direction on a highway in the Laurentians and crashed into another vehicle Thursday night, according to police.

The other driver was seriously injured, but is expected to survive. 

Quebec provincial police say the crash happened about a minute after they began pursuing a car that was heading the wrong way on Highway 117 near Prévost. 

The man was taken to hospital in critical condition, and died hours later.

The Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes (BEI) is investigating the incident. It gets involved when a person is seriously injured or dies during a police intervention in Quebec.

Eight BEI investigators have been tasked with investigating this event and determining whether the information provided by provincial police is accurate. Two traffic collision reconstruction experts from Montreal police will be assisting.

The incident is the 32nd investigation by the BEI this year and comes just a day after the organization was called in for a separate incident in Montreal.

The BEI is asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident to get in touch through its website.