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Mont-Tremblant gondola incident that killed man was caused by drilling machine, police say | CBC News

Quebec provincial police say the accident that killed a man and injured a woman at Mont-Tremblant’s resort village, around 105 kilometres northwest of Montreal, was caused by a drilling machine. 

Police do not know why the drilling machine was in operation or why it was working under the gondola, said Éric Cadotte, spokesperson for the Sûreté du Québec (SQ). The SQ said it is not ruling out criminal negligence. 

“It was pretty bad. The gondola that was struck, there’s a part of the gondola that was ripped off and the people had no chance at all, they just fell on the ground at several metres, hitting hard on the ground,” said Cadotte.

“The impact was very brutal….  Why was the drilling machine there and working under gondolas on a Sunday?”

The man who died and the woman who was critically injured were both in their 50s and from Ontario. The woman is still fighting for her life in hospital, said Cadotte. 

The SQ said an investigation is ongoing and it will speak to witnessess, the drilling machine’s operator and workers at the resort.


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