RV loses brakes, goes airborne, crashes onto ferry

Quebec provincial police have identified the victim of a crash at the Tadoussac ferry crossing on Monday as Laval resident Éric Belec.

Several eyewitnesses believe the outcome could have been much worse, if not for his actions in the seconds preceding the spectacular collision.

The 40-year-old was at the wheel of an RV when it sped down Highway 138, on a steep hill east of the ferry terminal.

The motor home ended up going over the raised loading ramp, crashing into the back of the ferry that had just begun its 10-minute journey toward Baie-Sainte-Catherine.

Belec and his passenger were taken to hospital where he was later pronounced dead. A 40-year-old woman from Lévis remains in critical condition.

The Sûreté du Québec said it appears that a mechanical problem with the RV may be to blame.

2 seriously injured as RV crashes onto Tadoussac ferry
Eyewitnesses have told Radio-Canada that Belec did everything he could to warn people to get out of the way by honking as he sped down the hill, avoiding several other cars and pedestrians.

"He was trying to stop by swerving into the metal gates on the side of the road," said Chloé Duplessis, who witnessed the crash from the deck of the ferry.

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By: SaltMiner (366.10)

Tags: RV, ferry, crash, Canada

Location: Quebec