72-year-old woman dead in Pontiac after road washes out


 A woman is dead after a culvert gave way Friday in Pontiac, Que.


Pontiac Mayor Joanne Labadie confirmed the death to CBC Radio’s In Town and Out on Saturday morning. 

Louise Séguin Lortie, 72, was driving alone on rue de Clarendon at chemin Bronson Bryant when the incident occurred, Labadie said.

Labadie told Radio-Canada that Lortie was an important member of the community.

There were initial reports that another person was injured, but police said Saturday afternoon that they had no reports of any other incidents.

The scene of a washout in Pontiac at rue de Clarendon, at chemin Bronson Bryant. A woman in a vehicle was killed here overnight. (Jérémie Bergeron/CBC)

Federal public safety minister Ralph Goodale tweeted his condolences Saturday morning.

Pontiac declared a state of emergency on Friday due to rising waters.