Driver Hailed A Hero For Actions During Dramatic Crash That Killed Him
Éric Belec, 40, from Laval, Quebec died when his camper van flew off a ferry ramp through the air and landed on a ferry, narrowly missing people.
Dramatic CCTV footage of the moment Belec's van flew into the air and onto the ferry has spread online like wildfire, a female passenger in the van survived and remains in critical condition.
The footage shows the van airborne before crashing down hard onto vehicles parked on the ferry, just metres away from bystanders. The van was all but obliterated in the crash.
The accident which took place at 12:45 p.m. ET on June 24 is reportedly being blamed on a mechanical failer.
The ferry runs between Tadoussac to Baie-Sainte-Catherine Quebec.
Multiple witnesses have reported the driver, Belec, had honked the horn to warn people as the van was headed towards the crowded ferry and managed to maneuver to avoid other vehicles and people as the van sped out of control.
"It seemed to be that the breaks had gone out on the motorhome and the man honked to warn people down the coast,' Cindy Desbiens told the Daily Mail.
Tadoussac's mayor, Charles Breton, said the incident had been a catastrophic scenario and vowed to look at a safer options for the steep ramp leading to the ferry.