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Speed a possible factor in fatal crash on Hwy 344

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Hwy 344 crash in Quebec leaves 1 man dead, 1 critical
WATCH ABOVE: Police are investigating following a single-vehicle crash in Saint-André-d’Argenteuil that left one man dead and another in critical condition – May 1, 2016

MONTREAL – One man is dead and another in critical condition after a single-vehicle crash in Saint-André-d’Argenteuil, located south of Lachute on the Ottawa River.

Police said the incident happened at 4 a.m. Sunday as the car was heading east on Highway 344, near Lapierre Street.

The vehicle slammed into a tree, after the driver lost control of the car while negotiating a curve.

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The 34-year-old male passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver, a man in his 50s, was taken to hospital in critical condition.

Highway 344 remained closed as of 1:30 p.m. Sunday as investigators with the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) examined the scene.

A detour is in place via Montée Robert.

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SQ spokesperson Sgt. Daniel Thibodeau said speed may have been a contributing factor in the crash.

The investigation continues.

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