Explosion in Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan: the SQ wants to carry out a criminal investigation

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Explosion in Saint-Roch-de-l’Achigan : the SQ wants to proceed with a criminal investigation

The explosion occurred barely one kilometer from the center of the village of Saint-Roch- de-l'Achigan, in Lanaudière.

The Sûreté du Québec (SQ), which is investigating under the Coroners Act following the explosion in Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan, has requested judicial authorization to proceed with an investigation for criminal negligence.

Police suspect omissions in the execution of the works that were in progress before the explosion, according to what Radio -Canada.

These new developments come as the community of Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan gathered this morning in the church of the municipality to pay tribute to the potential victims of the explosion.

Three people are still missing following the explosion that occurred Thursday in this locality of Lanaudière.

On the church forecourt just after the ceremony, local MPP Louis-Charles Thouin weighed his words when questioned about the criminal negligence investigation opened by the SQ: Let's take the time to do the necessary checks. This is important for everyone.

The Lafortune family, owners of Propane Lafortune, declined to comment on the case.< /p>

According to Marcel Savard, former deputy director general of the SQ, it is normal for investigators to decide to investigate possible criminal negligence.

This is a file that is so sensitive! We have families who are directly affected, we have a population that is also affected because they all know each other […]. The police will not take [the risk] of treating this aspect of negligence lightly, Mr. Savard told ICI RDI.

The police must first help the coroner fulfill his mandate, which is to identify the victims and determine the circumstances of the deaths, but they can also go further in their investigation, explained Mr. Savard.

We must help the coroner and, at the same time, we must ensure that what we are going to seize as judiciary facts will be accessible to the court and admissible in court if ever – and I mean: if ever – there were charges, he said.

This is about x27;a usual approach for the SQ, relates the former deputy director, adding that it would be surprising if the authorities confirmed or denied the holding of such an investigation at this stage.

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Meanwhile, research is continuing at the scene of the incident. Weather conditions and the state of the place complicate the search for missing people in the rubble.

According to a representative of the company, two employees and a sub – dealing with the company are missing.

With information from Elyse Allard, and Pascal Robidas

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