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13-year-old French tourist dies after dogsled crash northwest of Montreal

Police said they were called to a property just before noon on Monday in St-Michel-des-Saints, Que., about 130 kilometres from Montreal in the Lanaudière region. (Francis Ferland/CBC - image credit)
Police said they were called to a property just before noon on Monday in St-Michel-des-Saints, Que., about 130 kilometres from Montreal in the Lanaudière region. (Francis Ferland/CBC - image credit)

A coroner will investigate the death of a 13-year-old French tourist who struck a tree during a dogsled ride northwest of Montreal, provincial police said Tuesday.

Police said they were called to a property just before noon on Monday in Saint-Michel-des-Saints, Que., about 130 kilometres from Montreal in the Lanaudière region.

Sûreté du Québec Sgt. Frédéric Deshaies said the preliminary investigation indicates the teen was on a dogsled ride and hit a tree after the driver lost control.

Police said the boy was a French national who was in Quebec on vacation with his family.

He was taken to hospital where he died of his injuries. 

A police spokesperson said Tuesday investigators don't think criminal negligence was a factor in the boy's death, adding that police will assist in the coroner's investigation.