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Five dead in Canada flyover crush
Rescuers at the collapsed overpass

A motorway flyover collapse near Montreal in Canada has killed at least five people in two cars, Canadian police have said.

Drivers watched in horror as the flyover collapsed on Saturday, crushing at least two cars and sending others plunging into the gap.

Police spokeswoman Isabelle Gendron said three people were found in one car and two more in the second vehicle.

At least five other people were injured in the incident.

The vehicles were crushed so badly they barely came up to the knees of firefighters recovering wreckage from the rubble.

Motorists' calls

Several motorists were reported to have called Canada's LCN TV channel and reported seeing cracks in the flyover and debris falling on to the road below.

Police said three lanes of the flyover and a pedestrian pavement collapsed onto Highway 19 below. Four vehicles were said to be on the flyover at the time - a motorcycle, two cars and a minivan.

Driver Manon Joly said she had just dropped off her daughter at a dance class when the flyover collapsed.

"I slowed down and then all of a sudden everything collapsed like a house of cards," she said. "There were three or four cars that plunged into the hole right in front of me."

Witness Jean-Nicolas Turcotte said he was woken up by the collapse.

"I was sleeping when the large crash woke me up. At first I thought it was an earthquake or an accident. I looked out the window and heard people screaming," Mr Turcotte was quoted by the AP news agency.

The incident is similar to another collapse on the island of Laval north of Montreal in 2000 which killed one person and injured two.

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