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Construction worker dies after hit-and-run on Quebec’s Highway 20

FILE PHOTO: a Sûreté du Québec (SQ) cruiser. Mario Beauregard / The Canadian Press

A construction worker has died after being struck by a car on Highway 20 near Sainte-Eulalie Monday morning.

Provincial police say the man in his 50s was hit shortly before 4 a.m. while work was being done on a viaduct. He was rushed to the nearby Centre hospitalier affilié universitaire régionale (CHAUR) in Trois-Rivières, but his death was pronounced dead later in the morning.

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A Sûreté du Québec (SQ) spokesperson said that a search operation was launched to identify the driver involved in the incident.

The SQ’s major crimes unit has taken over the ongoing investigation, and officials from Quebec’s workplace safety board, the CNESST, joined police in an inspection of the worksite where the crash occurred. That inspection temporarily halted eastbound traffic on Highway 20.

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— With files from the Canadian Press’s French-language service.

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