Bodies of two missing workers found in Que., quarry

Rescue workers found the bodies of two missing quarry workers, Daniel Brisebois and Marie-Claude...

Rescue workers found the bodies of two missing quarry workers, Daniel Brisebois and Marie-Claude Laporte, Saturday. (JACQUES PHARAND/QMI AGENCY)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:13 PM ET

L'EPIPHANIE, QUE. - Search crews recovered two bodies at a quarry site northeast of Montreal where a pair of workers were buried in Tuesday's landslide, police said.

Provincial police Sgt. Benoit Richard told reporters Saturday night that the last body was found at about 8:20 p.m. The remains were transported to hospital to be identified by family.

The body of Daniel Brisebois, found earlier at around 12:20 p.m., has been positively identified, police said.

Brisebois and Marie-Claude Laporte, two contractors working at the quarry, tumbled 100 metres and were buried inside their vehicles when land gave way on Tuesday morning, sweeping away two dump trucks and a front loader.

The front-loader operator escaped his vehicle after it crashed to the bottom, but drivers Brisebois and Laporte remained buried.

The site, located in L'Epiphanie Que., about 50 km northeast of Montreal, is operated by Maskimo, a Quebec-based construction and excavation company. Maskimo boasts on its website that it extracts one million tonnes of raw material annually from 20 sites in the province, including in L'Epiphanie.

The company's president offered his sympathies to the family members of the dead workers.

"Today we are facing a deeply painful time," Louis Marchard, president of Maskimo Construction, said Saturday night.

He said the company is co-operating with the investigation.

About fifty rescuers — 20 firefighters and 30 people working on the rescue logistics — were on site on Saturday to find the two bodies.

Search crews used heavy machinery to dig soil away from an area where rescuers previously found one of the three vehicles that had been buried by tumbling frozen rocks and earth.


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