Boy killed, girl critically hurt in moose collision

A boy was killed and three others injured Sunday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash in western Quebec involving a moose.

Shortly before 2 p.m., a driver struck a moose on Highway 323 near the town of Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix, Que., according to a news release from the Sûreté du Québec.

The collision forced the moose into the path of a second vehicle that was carrying five people and traveling in the opposite direction, police said.

Police said two adults and three children in that vehicle were taken to hospital — including the boy, who eventually died of his injuries.

Adults treated for shock

A girl also suffered critical injuries, the SQ said, while the adults suffered minor injuries and were treated for shock.

Both the boy who died and the girl who was critically injured were younger than 10, police told Radio-Canada. 

A third child in that vehicle was uninjured, police said, as was the driver of the vehicle that first hit the moose.

As of 5:30 p.m., Highway 323 was closed in both directions near the scene of the crash and detours were in place.

Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix is approximately 100 kilometres northeast of downtown Ottawa.