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Flyover collapse kills 4 in Canada.

Four people were killed after a flyover collapsed near Montreal.

Quebec police spokeswoman Isabelle Gendron said three people were found in one car. The fourth person was the driver in another car.

The vehicles were crushed so badly in the Saturday afternoon collapse that they barely reached the knees of one firefighter when lifted from under tons of concrete rubble yesterday.

Drivers on Highway 19 in the Greater Montreal Area slammed on their brakes and watched in horror as the overpass slowly collapsed shortly after noon, sending cars plunging and crushing at least two vehicles.

Manon Joly had just dropped her daughter off at dance school and was in her car about to drive on to Highway 19.

"I slowed down and then all of a sudden everything collapsed like a house of cards," she said. "There were three or four cars that plunged into the hole right in front of me." Police said six people were injured, including two who were listed as being in a critical condition. The six were in two cars, a minivan and on a motorcycle that all plunged into the void.

Quebec provincial police spokeswoman Chantal Mackels said three lanes of the overpass plus a pedestrian pavement collapsed on to Highway 19. She said four vehicles - a motorcycle, two cars and a minivan - were on the overpass at the time

One witness told TVA television network he noticed that the road sunk an inch or two when he travelled over the overpass minutes earlier, so he called emergency dispatchers.

Jean-Nicolas Turcotte, who lives near the overpass, was woken by the collapse. He said: "The large crash woke me up. At first I thought it was an earthquake or an accident. I looked out of the window and heard people screaming and I saw large puffs of smoke r ising."

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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
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Date:Oct 2, 2006
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