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2 arrests after collision topples Hydro-Quebec pole, leaving thousands without power on South Shore

2 arrests after collision topples Hydro-Quebec pole, leaving thousands without power on South Shore
2 arrests after collision topples Hydro-Quebec pole, leaving thousands without power on South Shore

Two people have been arrested after a collision on Montreal’s South Shore caused a power pole to topple, leaving 88,000 Hydro-Quebec customers without power.

The incident happened on Saturday night at 9:45 p.m. when a bus from the Association des pompiers auxiliaires de la Montérégie (APAM) collided with a car. The car left the road and hit the pylon, causing it to fall over.

Late on Sunday evening, the Longueuil police (SPAL) confirmed that the drivers of the bus and the car had been arrested.

The driver of the APAM bus, a man in his 60s, is being charged with dangerous driving causing injury.

The driver of the car was charged with driving under the influence.

The accident happened at the intersection of Chambly Road and the Highway 30 overpass.

“The investigation is still ongoing and we will ultimately determine the chronology of events based on the testimonies and evidence collected,” said Ghyslain Vallières, spokesman for the Longueuil police.

Three people were injured in the accident: two in the bus and one in the car.

At the height of the event, 88,000 Hydro-Quebec customers were without power due to the collapse of the high-voltage pole.

By Monday morning, power had been restored to all addresses affected by the outage.

However, the situation caused some inconveniences on Sunday.

Longueuil police said they were asking those affected to stop calling 911 for information.

Hydro-Quebec says the tower will need to be completely rebuilt, but that this will not affect service.

The state agency called the situation “exceptional.”

APAM confirmed in a press release that one of its vehicles was involved in the incident. However, the company declined to comment further due to the ongoing police investigation, with which it said it was fully cooperating.

“APAM sincerely regrets the inconvenience this accident has caused and we are thinking of those involved and wish them a speedy recovery,” the association wrote.


— This report by The Canadian Press was first published in French on July 8, 2024.