Saint-Lazare car crash kills 1, injures 4
Police say driver lost control of car before hitting 2 vehicles on Highway 40
One person is dead and four are injured after a collision along Highway 40 East in Saint-Lazare early Saturday afternoon.
The Sûreté du Québec said that three people, two women and a man who didn't know one another, were travelling together from Gatineau to Montreal by car. One of the women was driving. The lift was arranged through an online carpooling service.
The man was texting his girlfriend from the road to say that he was worried about the driver's skills and that it might lead to an accident. He said the driver had lost control five times throughout the trip.
"From first observations, it appears that the driver was driving recklessly before the accident," SQ Sgt. Marc Tessier told Radio-Canada.
Around 1:45 p.m., the driver lost control and drove over a median onto the other side of Highway 40 before colliding with a car that was travelling westbound. A third vehicle was also hit.
Police say the other passenger, a 30-year-old woman from Gatineau, died from her injuries. The driver and the man were both taken to hospital with serious injuries, but are expected to recover.
The driver and passenger in the second car suffered minor injuries and the driver of the third vehicle was treated for shock.
Police are investigating to determine what happened and say that the driver will likely face charges of dangerous driving causing death.
Tessier said investigators are meeting with the driver, passengers and witnesses.
"We're talking about a couple of weeks until the investigation is over," Tessier said.