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Quebec road crashes claim 9 lives

Three young men were killed early Sunday in an accident between a car and a pickup truck in St-Edmond-de-Grantham, near Drummondville, in a weekend that saw at least nine killed in Quebec road crashes.
Three young men were killed Sunday in a collision in St-Edmond-de-Grantham. (Radio-Canada)

Three young men were killed early Sunday in an accident between a car and a pickup truck in St-Edmond-de-Grantham, near Drummondville, Que.

The three were in a car parked on the side of the road along Route 122 when the truck, carrying two people, slammed into them around 4:30 a.m. The driver of the car is in hospital in critical condition, while an occupant of the truck is listed in serious condition.

The men in the car were between the ages of 21 and 26.

Quebec provincial police Sergeant Geneviève Bruneau said officers are investigating.

"We are trying to find out exactly what happened there," she said. "We have to meet people and after that we will be able to find out what happened."

It has been a deadly weekend on Quebec's roads. Nine people have been killed in collisions since Friday.

In the Laurentians, a man on a motorcycle was killed in a collision with a car Saturday night. Police say speed and alcohol may have played a role.

Two other motorcyclists were also killed over the weekend, including one woman who died in an accident on Highway 20, west of Montreal.

Two young people were killed in separate accidents in Trois-Rivières and Saint-Pamphile, northeast of Quebec City.

Young drivers need more rules: Coroner

The accidents come amid renewed debate over the rules in place for the province's young drivers.

New regulations come into effect in Quebec on Sunday that lower the maximum number of demerit points young drivers can have before losing their licenses. But Quebec coroner Yvon Garneau said those rules are not enough.

Last May he recommended the government prohibit people under the age of 24 from driving after midnight.

On Sunday, Garneau told Radio-Canada he would also like to see regulations limiting the number of people a young driver can have in the car.

According to Quebec's auto insurance board, 16-to-24-year-olds make up about 10 per cent of drivers in the province, but are involved in 24 per cent of accidents resulting in bodily injury.

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