Quebec City car crash could have been much worse if not for warm weather, pure luck – CBC News

Quebec City car crash could have been \much worse\ if not for warm weather, pure luck - CBC News
Twelve sent to hospital after vehicles crash into Quebec City building
Plasse-Ferland was sitting by a cafeteria window, in the building where she works in Quebec City's Saint-Roch neighbourhood on Wednesday, just minutes before a car came crashing through it.

"I had a guardian angel," said Plasse-Ferland — a woman who suggested she join her on the rooftop patio, on what was one of the first warm, sunny days after a cold, wet spring.

While the structure was not compromised by the damage, people living in the buildings condominiums wont be able to go home until at least 9 p.m., while accident reconstruction experts carry out their investigation.

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Other witnesses also said the mild weather may have had a significant impact on the outcome of the crash, which left 12 people injured, three of them seriously. 

The car came to a halt inside the cafeteria of the six-storey building, at the corner of Charest and Langelier boulevards, and burst into flames just before 1 p.m. ET. 

Plasse-Ferland was sitting by a cafeteria window, in the building where she works in Quebec Citys Saint-Roch neighbourhood on Wednesday, just minutes before a car came crashing through it.

According to witnesses, two cars collided at the busy intersection, projecting one through the cafeteria's front window.

“I had a guardian angel,” said Plasse-Ferland — a woman who suggested she join her on the rooftop patio, on what was one of the first warm, sunny days after a cold, wet spring.

"I think everyone involved was really lucky," said Francis Major, who works for Umaneo, a software company in the building.

Other witnesses also said the mild weather may have had a significant impact on the outcome of the crash, which left 12 people injured, three of them seriously. 

The building houses a shared office space, called La Station. All of its people "were eating outside or were on the terrace," Major said.

Charest Boulevard remains closed between Marie-de-lIncarnation and de la Couronne streets. Paré said people should avoid that area for the rest of the day.  

Likewise, Major and his colleagues were taking part in a music class at the back of the building when the crash happened.

The car came to a halt inside the cafeteria of the six-storey building, at the corner of Charest and Langelier boulevards, and burst into flames just before 1 p.m. ET. 

"It's the only day of the week that we aren't all in the cafeteria," said Major, a trained first responder, who quickly stepped in to help the injured.

“When we went out we saw a woman laying on the ground,” said Morissette, who pulled that woman out of the building shortly before the explosion.

He said he found a man and a woman pinned between the car and the back wall of the room. No sooner had he helped them and the vehicle's driver get outside and the car exploded.

Others also rushed to help. Jean Morissette was sitting with a group in a conference room next to the cafeteria when he heard what sounded like an explosion.

Others also rushed to help. Jean Morissette was sitting with a group in a conference room next to the cafeteria when he heard what sounded like an explosion.

"When we went out we saw a woman laying on the ground," said Morissette, who pulled that woman out of the building shortly before the explosion.

Catou Mackinnon/CBCMoreSeveral eyewitnesses also told CBC News about the SUV, seen speeding on Charest Boulevard in the minutes preceding the crash.

"She was in a state of shock. She was pale — I'm really worried about her," he said, hours after the incident.

Quebec City fire Chief Bill Noonan said 12 people were sent to hospital, although none sustained life-threatening injuries.

Catou Mackinnon/CBCMoreLikewise, Major and his colleagues were taking part in a music class at the back of the building when the crash happened.

Hospital officials said three of them are in serious condition. The drivers of both vehicles are among the injured, police said.

The building houses a shared office space, called La Station. All of its people “were eating outside or were on the terrace,” Major said.

While the structure was not compromised by the damage, people living in the building's condominiums won't be able to go home until at least 9 p.m., while accident reconstruction experts carry out their investigation.

Eyewitness Diane Poitras said she was driving her car a few blocks up the street when she was rear-ended by a grey SUV.

"When he managed to get free, he sped off, and he was swerving between vehicles," she said.

Quebec City police spokesperson Cindy Paré said investigators are questioning several eyewitnesses to determine what happened.

Several eyewitnesses also told CBC News about the SUV, seen speeding on Charest Boulevard in the minutes preceding the crash.

According to witnesses, two cars collided at the busy intersection, projecting one through the cafeterias front window.

Moussa Sangaré, whose office is just behind the cafeteria, saw the driver get out of his vehicle. 

"He was really in a state of shock," said Sangaré, describing him as "dazed" but seemingly not seriously injured.

“He was really in a state of shock,” said Sangaré, describing him as “dazed” but seemingly not seriously injured.

Sangaré said he thought the entire building was crashing down on him, concluding the driver "had to be going fast."

Eyewitness Diane Poitras said she was driving her car a few blocks up the street when she was rear-ended by a grey SUV.

"He jumped the sidewalk, went through two rows of tables and went all the way to the sink at the back of the room."

“She was in a state of shock. She was pale — Im really worried about her,” he said, hours after the incident.

Quebec City police spokesperson Cindy Paré said investigators are questioning several eyewitnesses to determine what happened.

Charest Boulevard remains closed between Marie-de-l'Incarnation and de la Couronne streets. Paré said people should avoid that area for the rest of the day.  

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Quebec City fire officials say 12 people were sent to hospital after two vehicles collided, one of which crashed into a building.

The crash took place on Charest Blvd. around lunchtime when a vehicle ended up inside the ground floor of a building and caught fire.

Fire department officials say 15 people were treated on site by paramedics and the fire was quickly brought under control.

Quebec City police closed off the crash site in the citys St-Roch district and are rerouting traffic.