Ottawa Citizen

2 dead, at least 20 injured as bus carrying seniors flips in Quebec

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Two passengers are dead after a tour bus with 57 people on board flipped in Quebec on Saturday. A 67-year-old man from Stratford, Que., and a 70-yearold woman from Thetford Mines, Que., have died from their injuries. More than 20 people have been rushed to hospitals in Victoriavi­lle, Que., Thetford Mines and Quebec City. The accident happened near Plessisvil­le, Que., about 180 kilometres northeast of Montreal. The bus, packed with seniors who were on the way to a casino situated on the New York state side of the Akwesasne native reserve, had just exited Highway 165 at 8 a.m. when it missed a sharp turn, hit a hydro pole and flipped over on its right side. Preliminar­y indication­s are that adverse weather could have been a factor in the accident. At the time, there were very high winds in the area and the road was slippery with a combinatio­n of snow and rain. Many of the injured passengers were trapped in the bus for more than an hour. Sgt. Claude Denis with the Sûreté du Québec said collision scene investigat­ors would stay on the site for most of the day to try to ascertain what happened.

 ?? PHIL CARPENTER, POSTMEDIA NEWS ?? Officials search a bus that overturned northeast of Montreal on the way to a New York casino.
PHIL CARPENTER, POSTMEDIA NEWS Officials search a bus that overturned northeast of Montreal on the way to a New York casino.

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