One dead and four injured in a collision on Highway 50 in Papineauville

One person died and four others were injured during a collision early Saturday morning on Highway 50 near Papineauville.

This is the fifth fatal accident to occur on Highway 50 since mid-March.

According to the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), emergency services were called around 3:15 a.m. for a collision with a single vehicle at kilometer 207 of Highway 50 eastbound.

There S.Q. indicates that according to witnesses, the vehicle was traveling at high speed, that its driver lost control and that the car hit a guardrail before rolling over (from barrels).

The driver was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at hospital. The victim is a 22-year-old man from Longueuil.

The four passengers in the vehicle, all men in their early twenties, suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Speed ​​and alcohol may have played a role in this accident, according to the S.Q..

A section of Highway 50 eastbound was closed for most of the morning between routes 321 and 323. A reconstructionist was on scene.

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Paul-André David said he had several discussions regarding Highway 50 with the mayors of neighboring municipalities.

Photo: Radio-Canada / David Bates

Temporary solutions called for

It’s sadsays the mayor of Papineauville, Paul-André David, who did not fail to recall the nickname of the artery, the highway of death. People are starting to think about not taking it anymore.

Mr. David deplores the significant delays in widening the highway. Once again, the Outaouais is out of sight, out of mind for [le gouvernement du] Quebeche said.

Although he agrees that the contracts to widen Highway 50 have already been awarded, he thinks temporary solutions should be put in place until then.

In particular, he proposes concrete walls between the two lanes, rather than the safety barrier made of a steel cable, which carries its share of dangers according to him.

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Mathieu Lacombe took part in the CAQ general council on Saturday in St-Hyacinthe. (Archive photo)

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Called to react, the minister responsible for the Outaouais region, Mathieu Lacombe, describes disturbing this new fatal accident on Highway 50. However, he mentions that in this case, it is rather the human factor which appears to be the cause of the accident.

Prevention, prevention messages are important. We are working on something which will be announced in the coming weekshe says.

Minister Lacombe said to himself open to implement new safety measures, if the road configuration allows it.

I believe that a police presence can also help. I am in discussion with my colleague on this question, but in any case, we do not skimp on the meanshe adds.

With information from Emmanuelle Poisson and Rosalie Sinclair

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