MONTRÉAL, June 18 - 10 years after the collapse of the Souvenir overpass, the Réseau des ingénieurs du Québec wishes to again express its sympathies to the families and friends of the victims of that tragic incident.  On the morning of June 18, 2000, tens of tonnes of concrete fell on a car driving on Highway 15, causing the death of one person and severely injuring two others.

"Ten years later, the controversies involving this tragic event must not make us forget the misfortune that befell its victims.  We think of them today, as the news reminds us of images still painful to engineers,” said François P. Granger, Eng., President of the Réseau des ingénieurs.

The Souvenir overpass was the first of two to fail in Laval. The second, on Boulevard de la Concorde, collapsed on Highway 19 on September 30, 2006. While we must learn lessons from the past, the Réseau des ingénieurs hopes that any commemoration of this tragedy will respect its victims and not become sensationalist.

Although the current session of the National Assembly has ended, the Réseau des ingénieurs nevertheless reminds the government that 83% of engineers, because they are deeply concerned about the reputation of their profession, are still waiting for a public inquiry to be instituted to restore confidence in the construction industry.

About the Réseau des ingénieurs:

The Réseau des ingénieurs du Québec is a non-profit organization that represents nearly 58,000 engineers in the province, responding to their needs for training, employment and commercial services.  Its mission is to serve the common interests of engineers and represent them in the public arena. 

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Source : Réseau des ingénieurs du Québec

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Camilla Sironi
Service des communications et des affaires publiques
Réseau des ingénieurs de Québec
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Courriel : csironi@reseauiq.qc.ca