Quebec police are not excluding the possibility that the driver of a vehicle who died when a Via Rail train rammed into his car at a level crossing planned a “voluntary act.”
A one-year-old boy and the man in his 40s died in the incident this morning in St-Liboire, east of Montreal.
Quebec provincial police spokeswoman Joyce Kemp says the homicide squad has been called in to determine exactly what happened. She says the possibility the accident was a “voluntary act” is not being excluded for now.
The impact was so violent the SUV was cut in two.
Kemp would not confirm that the barriers at the crossing were working properly at the time of the accident, although a Via spokesman says the barriers were down and that the lights were flashing.
Kemp said the two victims were from the area.
Collision véhicule et train à St-Liboire : 2 décès sont confirmés. #Montérégie— Sûreté du Québec (@sureteduquebec) June 2, 2014
Train 20: involved in crossing accident. Report of car occupant fatality, our thoughts go out to the family. No injuries to pax onboard.— VIA_Rail (@VIA_Rail) June 2, 2014
Via Rail warned there would be delays for its Montreal-Quebec City route on Wednesday.
St-Liboire is a small municipality near Saint-Hyacinthe, Que., where Via has a train station.