Canada: Two dead, 9 injured after truck ploughs into pedestrians | News

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Canada: Two dead, 9 injured after truck ploughs into pedestrians | News

Quebec Deputy Prime Minister Geneviève Guilbault said it was too early to say whether the driver intentionally hit the pedestrians.

Two men have died after a pickup truck drove into pedestrians next to a road in a small town in eastern Quebec province.

The truck struck several people on a sidewalk in front of a microbrewery, then proceeded another 400 to 500 meters down the street, dodging and hitting more people, witnesses told local media on Monday.

A provincial police spokeswoman said nine people were injured, including two in serious condition.

Sergeant Hélène St-Pierre said the 38-year-old driver, a local resident, turned himself in to police and was arrested for allegedly driving a fatal accident.

“The driver of the pickup truck hit pedestrians walking down Route 132. He drove a certain distance and met other pedestrians,” Sergeant Claude Doiron was quoted as saying by Canadian broadcaster CBC.

Quebec Deputy Prime Minister Geneviève Guilbault said it was too early to say whether the driver intentionally hit the pedestrians, the news report said.

St-Pierre said the two people killed were both men, one in his 60s and the other in his 70s.

The incident happened just after 3 p.m. on St-Benoit Boulevard in Amqui, a town 350 km (220 miles) northeast of Quebec City.

“My heart goes out to the people of Amqui, Quebec today,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a Twitter message. “As we learn more of the tragic events, my thoughts are with all those affected.”

Last month, police in Laval, Quebec, said a man driving a city bus intentionally drove into a daycare and killed two children.

In 2021, a man used a pickup truck to kill four members of an immigrant family in London, Ontario, in what Trudeau said was an anti-Muslim hate crime.

In 2018, a man rampaged through pedestrians in a van in Toronto, killing 10 people.