Drivers were surely shocked to see a Sûreté du Québec (SQ) truck with four tires in the air in the middle of Highway 20 in Beloeil on Sunday, August 22.
Following a mechanical failure of the hitch, the truck containing two all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) flipped over at about 11 a.m. on the right lane of the highway, which was confirmed to Narcity by the sergeant and spokeswoman of the SQ, Marythé Bolduc.
This photo, which has gone viral on social networks, where the truck is seen spread out along its entire length, has been shared more than a hundred times in five hours, at the time of writing this August 22, at 3:45 p.m.
The operation was brief; the wrecked vehicle was moved in a matter of minutes during which time traffic had to be slowed.
"It was cleared in 20 minutes, we closed the traffic to that lane during the operation as if it had been another vehicle," confirmed Marythé Bolduc.
* This article's cover photo was used for illustrative purposes only.
"Concerning the major fire that occurred yesterday in a factory in Beauceville, eight people in total were injured. Six of them were transported to hospitals in the Quebec City area. The death of two of these victims, two men in their fifties, was unfortunately noted at the hospital centre today," according to a press release sent by the SQ on September 21.
Later that evening, a third victim succumbed to his injuries. The victim also an elderly man in his fifties, police said.
"Three other injured people are still in the hospital and are all in critical condition," said the Sûreté du Québec.
The investigation is to determine the circumstances of the fire is ongoing. Repair work was underway at the plant and the SQ is not ruling out the possibility that it was the cause of the fire.
Driving while distracted is a real danger on the road, which is why Quebec police, in collaboration with the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) and Contrôle routier Québec (CRQ), recently began the "National Concerted Operation Distraction 2021" to make drivers aware of the consequences of distracted driving.
And police weren't playing around when it came to this operation.
Les corps policiers du Qc, la SAAQ et CRQ se sont unis du 10 au 16 septembre 2021, afin d'informer les conducteurs… https://t.co/Iy4p5Qzefk
Between September 10 and 16, "police services conducted more than 2,500 operations and issued more than 1,900 tickets for the use of a hand-held electronic device or a display screen while driving."
A press release from the Sûreté du Québec reminds drivers that "using a hand-held electronic device or display screen while driving reduces a driver's attention and concentration, and increases the risk of being involved in a collision. Distracted driving also greatly increases the risk of committing other traffic violations because you take your eyes off the road."
The National Concerted Operation Distraction 2021 set out to remind Quebec drivers of the risks of distracted driving and to promote safe and responsible driving.
A factory fire in Beauceville, Quebec sent a column of black smoke into the sky Monday morning. The municipality took to social media to ask residents in the area of the fire to close their windows and vents as a result.
Photos shared with Narcity Québec show the size of the smoke cloud and part of the emergency response.
Sûreté du Québec spokesperson Hélène Saint-Pierre told Narcity that the provincial police force received a call about the fire at 7:30 a.m.
"We have eight people who were injured and were transported to hospitals or who went there by their own means," Saint-Pierre said.
Investigators are at the scene to determine the cause of the fire, Narcity reports.
"We know that the building was being renovated, so is there a link to the incident? That's what the investigation will determine, but for now, it's too early to say what the cause is," Saint-Pierre explained.