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