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Quebec snowmobile crashes kill 5 over 2 days

01/23/2012 06:51 EST | Updated 03/24/2012 05:12 EDT

Snowmobile crashes have claimed five lives over a two-day period on Quebec trails and roads.

The latest death happened Saturday night in Quyon, about 50 kilometres northwest of Ottawa, when Joseph Leafloor, 31, crashed along the Ottawa River.

Just hours before that, another man lost control of his snowmobile and struck a tree near Gracefield, Que., 100 kilometres north of Ottawa.

There have been 11 snowmobile deaths in the Ottawa-Gatineau region since winter began. The area's annual average is 29.

The two deaths came a day after three people died in separate crashes across Quebec.

Around midnight Friday, a woman, 53, lost control of her snowmobile on a trail in Lotbinière, about 200 kilometres northeast of Montreal.

Some hours earlier, a 19-year-old snowmobiler was killed in Saint-Georges-de-Windsor, about 180 kilometres east of Montreal, when a car crossing Route 249 hit the man. The driver suffered minor injuries.

Also on Friday, a 52-year-old man struck a tree and died in Saguenay, near Chicoutimi in eastern Quebec.

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