Near-death Saint-Lazare accident leads to call for safety

SAINT-LAZARE —; Andre de la Bastide is thankful to be alive after surviving a harrowing crash along chemin St-Louis.

“I was lucky,” he said.

He was also good. Because he works as a heavy equipment technician, he had special training.

He was heading southeast on the road toward Bedard avenue in Saint-Lazare.

The sunlight shone right into his eyes at rush hour and he found himself having to swerve right to miss a car that had drifted into his lane.

He slammed his Mercedes van into a hydro pole, shearing it off and crushing his vehicle.

The pole missed him, but live electrical lines were down nearby.

“I could hear the crackling of the electricity.”

Careful not to touch metal, he crawled out of the wreckage and a neighbour called 911.

He now feels lucky to be alive, and he wants the city of Saint-Lazare to add railings and cut branches to make the area safe.

City officials said they’re looking into the matter.

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