Alcohol possible factor in fatal Bas-Saint-Laurent car crash

Police believe alcohol could have been a factor in a fatal car accident in the town of Saint-Simon in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region that left one passenger dead.

According to the Sûreté du Québec, a vehicle carrying three men on Saint-Simon Road rolled into a ditch after the 20-year-old driver lost control.

A 65-year-old passenger was severely injured and died in hospital a few hours later.

A blood sample was obtained from the driver to determine if alcohol may have been a factor in the accident, and he could face criminal charges, said SQ spokesperson Christine Coulombe.

Saint-Simon Road was closed to traffic following the accident to allow SQ officers to inspect the scene, but has been reopened.

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