Fatal crash with train was likely deliberate

A car collided with a Via Rail train east of Montreal on June 2, 2014. (SYLVAIN DENIS/QMI Agency)

A car collided with a Via Rail train east of Montreal on June 2, 2014. (SYLVAIN DENIS/QMI Agency)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:25 PM ET

SAINT-LIBOIRE, Que. -- Authorities believe that a car was purposely stopped on rail tracks before it was hit by a train, killing both occupants of the vehicle.

A man in his 40s and a young child were killed Monday morning when the collision occurred Monday morning.

The train slammed into the vehicle at a level crossing just after 7 a.m. in St. Liboire, Que., according to Quebec provincial police.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene and the child was pronounced dead in hospital.


A car collided with a Via Rail train east of Montreal on June 2, 2014. (SYLVAIN DENIS/QMI Agency)

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The impact cut the vehicle in two and the wreckage was projected into a ditch.

"I saw a car tire flying," train passenger Antoine Dumas Martin told QMI Agency. "It smelled like burnt rubber."

Police confirm the vehicle was immobilized on the track before the train stuck it. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is investigating, said spokesman John Cottreau. 


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