MONTREAL – Police in Plessisville are still trying to figure out how one man was involved in two car crashes that killed four and injured four others in a 10-minute span Monday afternoon.
It will probably take several weeks to determine the motive behind the crash, but witnesses say the man who was responsible for the deaths, including his own, acted deliberately.
Police say a 39-year-old man was driving a grey minivan with his 4-year-old son riding inside. The man was seen by witnesses driving erratically on Highway 165 southbound just before the accident occurred about 1:50 p.m. The minivan crashed into a Honda Civic, driving in the same direction, and rammed it off the road. The passengers, a man and a boy, were declared dead in a hospital soon afterward, while two other passengers were sent to a hospital with serious injuries.
It’s believed the man then got into a dark-coloured Dodge Dakota pickup truck that was being driven by his former common-law wife, who arrived on the scene of the accident several minutes later. He drove south with his son for another four kilometres to the town of St. Ferdinand, where he rammed into another pickup truck, a grey Chevrolet Silverado, which was towing a trailer and a boat.
In that accident, the driver of the pickup truck and his son were killed. The passengers of the Silverado were sent to a hospital to be treated for shock
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