Two men died Monday after a pickup truck plowed into pedestrians beside a road in the eastern Quebec town of Amqui. Although a senior Canadian official rapidly ruled out a terrorism attack or a national security incident.
Nine other people injured, among two are in serious condition. Sgt. Hélène St-Pierre said the 38-year-old driver, a local resident, turned himself in to police. They arrested under suspicion of committing a fatal hit and run.
The incident has no connection to terrorism or national security, according to senior government source with knowledge of the situation. Authorities had not mentioned any motive.
The two people killed were both men and one in his 60s and the other in his 70s. Among the injured two are suffering from serious injuries and the other seven evaluated.
Officials indicates “Everything indicates it is an isolated incident, so there is no more danger in the area, and there is just one suspect,”
The incident happened just after 3 p.m. along St-Benoit Boulevard in Amqui, a town about 350 kilometers (220 miles) northeast of Quebec City. The regional health board confirmed that a “code orange” had been declared at the Amqui hospital.
According to authorities, a man operating a city bus struck a daycare facility in Laval, Quebec, last month and killing two children. A man used a pickup to kill four members of an immigrant family in London, Ontario in 2021. A hate crime against Muslims, according to Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada.
In 2018, a man in a van rampaged through pedestrians in Toronto, killing 10 people. And Alek Minassian was found guilty of 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder.