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A Suspected Car Surfing Episode Near Montreal Left 2 People In The Hospital

One was transported to the hospital "in an unstable condition with a serious injury."

Contributing Writer
Quebec paramedic.

Quebec paramedic.

Around 9:20 p.m. on Tuesday, the Coopérative des techniciens ambulanciers de la Montérégie (CETAM) responded to two calls regarding an incident on boulevard de Melocheville in Beauharnois.

Although yet to be confirmed, the incident is believed to have involved possible car surfing, according to Alexandre Barbeau, a spokesperson for CETAM.

The incident resulted in two "young women" needing to be treated by the paramedics.

Barbeau told MTL Blog that one patient, a woman in her twenties, "was transported in an unstable condition with a serious injury to a trauma centre in Montreal."

The other patient, a minor, was brought to a nearby hospital for a "minor injury."

At the time of writing this article, there were no further updates available on the two patients' states.

For those wondering what car surfing is, it can take a few forms, but it basically involves riding or hanging onto an outer part of a moving vehicle that isn't meant for passengers. The Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) says it could include any of the following examples:

  • "Riding on the roof, at the rear or on the side of a vehicle in motion.
  • "Riding in the box or cargo space of a truck or pick-up truck.
  • "Holding onto a moving vehicle.
  • "Riding on a skateboard, a sled, a snowboard, a bike, a couch — or any other object — pulled by a vehicle."

And according to the SAAQ's website, it's against the Highway Safety Code to engage in any such activities.

"No person may ride on the running board or on any outer part of a vehicle in motion, or ride in the box or dump body of a vehicle in motion, or tolerate such a practice […], hang on to, or be pulled or pushed by, a moving road vehicle, and no driver may tolerate such a practice."

This article’s cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.

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