Memorial set up near Montreal-area daycare where bus attack killed 2 children

Quebec Premiere Francois Legault Will tour the site north of Montreal where a transit driver rammed a bus into a daycare, killing two children and injuring six others.

Legault says he will join leaders of Quebec’s opposition parties on Thursday in offering support to families and daycare workers affected by the tragedy in Laval.

Pierre Nye Saint-Amand, 51, was reportedly driving the bus when it collided with the Guarderie Educative Stay-Rose in the early hours of Wednesday. level Police arrested him at the scene, where bystanders allegedly subdued him until officers arrived.

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The accused faces a total of nine charges – including two counts of first-degree murder. He has also been charged with attempt to murder and aggravated assault.

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St-Amand appeared in court via videoconferencing late in the afternoon and is expected to return to court on February 17.

Health officials say they are not concerned for the lives of the six injured children who were taken to various hospitals in the Greater Montreal area in the wake of the accident.

A small vigil was held outside a church in the area late Wednesday, where attendees lit candles and brought stuffed animals to honor the young victims.

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A temporary memorial was also set up near the crash site, where residents of Laval laid flowers in the snow and along the hoods of police vehicles. Some even gathered near the daycare the next morning.

On Thursday the flags of the provincial legislature and the city of Laval were flown at half-mast. Laval’s health authority has also set up psychological support for those affected by the tragedy and urged anyone in need of help to call 811.

A sad silence was observed Wednesday in the House of Commons, outside Quebec. The CN Tower in Toronto was also dimmed for five minutes at the top of each hour to pay tribute to the victims and their families.

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, With files from The Canadian Press

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