Montreal

One dead after speeding car crashes, catches fire in Charlemagne

Witnesses said the car was speeding down Céline Dion Boulevard when it went out of control.

Witness says bystanders tried to pull driver from wreckage, but flames grew too intense

Witnesses said the car was speeding down Céline Dion Boulevard in Charlemagne when it went out of control. The car burst into flames in a field after striking a tree, and the driver could not get out. 0:32

One person is dead after a car went out of control and burst into flames just after midnight Sunday in Charlemagne, east of Montreal.

Witnesses said the car was speeding down Céline Dion Boulevard when it went out of control.

The car caught fire in a field after striking a tree, and the driver could not get out.

Max Joseph, a neighbour who witnessed the crash, said the car was "finished" by the time firefighters arrived on the scene.

"People were trying to get the driver out, then the car started to burn," he said.

"They tried to put out the fire but it grew too big and they couldn't do anything else."

Police then ordered them to get away from the vehicle, Joseph said.

DNA and dental records will be used to identify the driver, police in Repentigny told Radio-Canada.