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2 dead, 9 injured in Amqui, Que., pickup truck driver to be charged today

2 dead 9 injured in amqui que pickup truck driver to be charged today

Provincial police say pedestrians hit by a pickup truck in Amqui, Que. have been transferred to a trauma unit in Quebec City.

Two people were killed and nine others were injured after a pickup truck plowed into pedestrians walking beside a road in the eastern Quebec town of Amqui on Monday afternoon.

Both people who died were men — one in his 60s and the other in his 70s.

Police spokesperson Sgt. Béatrice Dorsainville said Tuesday six victims were transferred by plane to the Hôpital de l’Enfant-Jésus trauma unit. 

Among the injured, three suffered serious injuries and are in critical condition and six others were being evaluated for non-life-threatening injuries, Dorsainville said. 

Gilles Turmel, a spokesperson for the regional health board, the CISSS du Bas-Saint-Laurent, confirmed three of the injured have been released from the hospital in Amqui. He said a code orange was launched due to multiple casualties. 

He added that psychological assistance was offered to witnesses yesterday, and they will be available again today and for the weeks to come.

Police say the 38-year-old driver who turned himself in will be charged later today.

Dorsainville said officers believe the act was intentional, but the motive is not yet known.

The Sûreté de Québec says major crimes units across the province have sent several dozen police officers to investigate. 

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