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A CUPE member tragically lost his life at work when the bus he was driving collided with another vehicle near the Montreal airport. A passenger in the other vehicle was also killed, and 12 people were injured in the accident.

Sylvain Ferland, a 23-year employee of the Montreal transit corporation (STM) and member of CUPE 1983, was driving STM route 196 when the accident occurred at the corner of 55th Avenue and Lindsay Avenue, in Dorval. The bus was flipped onto its side, and Ferland was pinned underneath.

CUPE National President Paul Moist expressed his sadness and condolences to the family.

On behalf of CUPE members across the country, I offer our deepest condolences to Sylvain’s family and friends, and his fellow members at local 1983,” said Moist.

This is a difficult time. No worker should have to die to earn a living. Our thoughts are with all of those touched by this tragedy.”

CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer Charles Fleury also offered condolences.

I spoke with local president Denis Vaillancourt when I heard the news. I offered him our condolences, and the full support of our union,” said Fleury. “We stand behind the local 100 per cent during this tragic period. As CUPE members, we must all stand together and support our fellow members grieving the loss of their colleague and friend.”

Ferland’s wife and sister are also transit drivers with the STM.

The exact cause of the accident is not yet clear. CUPE will be following the investigation closely.