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Driver charged with criminal negligence after tractor accident south of Montreal kills 3 children under age of 5

Driver charged with criminal negligence after tractor accident south of Montreal kills 3 children under age of 5
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MONTREAL -- A 38-year-old Quebec man was arraigned Thursday afternoon on charges of criminal negligence causing death and bodily harm following a tractor accident that killed three children under the age of five and seriously injured three more in a small town south of Montreal.

The driver of the tractor was arrested Wednesday night and appeared in court in Granby Thursday.

Police say alcohol may have played a role in the accident.

Police say six children and four adults were riding in the tractor shovel in Notre-Dame-de-Stanbridge around 7 p.m. Wednesday when, for an unknown reason, they were ejected from the vehicle.

They were (then) injured by the tractor, Sgt. Ingrid Asselin from theSret du Qubec told CTV Montreal.

Two adults are in critical condition and two others only sustained minor injuries. It is still unclear whether those involved were members of the same family or a group of friends celebrating Canada Day together.

The adults who sustained minor injuries will be questioned by investigators, and the tractor has been seized for analysis.

The mayor of the town where the accident occurred said Thursday his community was rattled by what had happened.

The municipality, how do we react to this? You cant react, this is drastic, its a slap in the face and you say Why did this happen? " Notre-Dame-de-Stanbridge Mayor Daniel Tetreault told CTV Montreal on Thursday.
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