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Friday, 17 March, 2000, 03:38 GMT
Seven children die in Canada crash
crash
A children's outing that went disastrously wrong
Seven infants on an outing were killed when their minibus skidded and crashed into an oncoming vehicle in the Canadian province of Quebec.

Three others were hurt in the crash, which happened on a road between Montreal and Quebec City.

Several of the children were thrown clear by the impact. It is not known if any were wearing seatbelts.

Four children were reported to have been killed on impact, a fifth died on the way to the hospital and two others died at the hospital.

Crash scene
Parents found the children lying at the side of the road
The 10 children, aged two to five years old, were from a private day care centre.

They were being driven to an outside activity when the accident occurred near the town of Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Nicolet, 100 kilometres northeast of Montreal.

'Horrible scene'

The driver of the minivan, believed to be the director of the centre, was slightly injured.

A police spokesman said parents alerted to the accident arrived to find the children lying in the field at the side of the road.

"It was a pretty horrible scene," he said.

Charles Dupuis, who lives in a farmhouse near the accident site, described the surrounding communities as close-knit.

"Everyone will be saddened by this," Mr Dupuis said. "Everyone knows each other here."

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