Fatal car accident in U.S., driver killed

A Quebec truck driver is being held responsible for a fatal car accident in the United States.

François Veilleux, 23, was driving a load of lumber through Maryland Thursday when he lost control of his vehicle.

The truck drifted from its lane of travel, and the driver attempted to return the truck to the lane of travel, and apparently over-compensated, according to police.

The tractor-trailer overturned, spilling onto the roadway below.

The lumber fell on a passing car, killing the driver.

"He was charged with negligent driving and then he was charged with the 14-hour rule which deals with the required rest between travel," said Maryland State Trooper Sgt. Russ Newell. The Quebecer was also charged with the 11-hour rule. Each violation carries a fine of $280 US.

It happened on the Capital Beltway (I-495) over the I-270 Spur in Montgomery County at 8:45 Thursday morning.

The victim is identified as Douglas M. Ely, 47 of the Washington, D.C. area.

A woman was also seriously injured in the accident.

Maryland police say they are still investigating and other charges could follow. Veilleux was sent home to Quebec in a taxi, reports CBC.

Photo: AP


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