May 6, 2014 11:56 am

Pedestrian killed after being hit by semi-trailer truck in Montreal

MONTREAL – A woman in her 60s has died after being hit by a semi-trailer truck in Montreal on Tuesday morning.

Emergency crews worked hard to save the life of the pedestrians, who were pinned under the vehicle.

Two pedestrians were apparently hit by the large truck at the corner of Chateaubriand and Bélanger, not far from the Beaubien and Jean Talon metro stations just before 10:30 a.m.

The truck was heading south on Chateaubriand, when it turned east onto Bélanger and struck the two women, who were crossing the street on Chateaubriand.

Both women were still alive after the accident, and an operation immediately was launched to try and get them out from beneath the vehicle.

One woman was immediately transferred to hospital suffering from serious head injuries.

The other was trapped under the vehicle for 20 minutes when firefighters managed to lift the vehicle to free her, using an air lifting bag system.

She was quickly transported to hospital in critical condition, where she later died.

The driver was not hurt, but was treated for shock.

Police said that he apparently did not see the pedestrians.

Authorities have launched an investigation to determine the exact circumstances of the accident. A collision reconstruction team was at the scene and witnesses were interviewed.

© Shaw Media, 2014

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