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Ahuntsic crash may be racing related

04/30/2012 12:17 EDT | Updated 06/30/2012 05:12 EDT

One person was hurt in what police are describing as a possible street racing crash on Monday morning in Ahuntsic.

The crash happened at around 5 a.m. on Emile-Journault Avenue.

Montreal police said the two vehicles may have been racing when they lost control and hit some parked cars.

One car rolled on to its side and came to rest off the roadway.

Some people who were in the cars at the time of the crash fled the scene before police arrived, said Const. Raphael Bergeron.

“The people that stayed on the scene, unfortunately we don’t have a lot of cooperation on their part at this point,” he said.

“It’s difficult for the Montreal police to establish the exact circumstances of the accident due to the non-cooperation of the witnesses.”

Neighbours in the area told CBC they're convinced the crash was racing-related. They say cars have been tearing down the stretch for years and have hit parked cars in the past.

"At night after 10 o'clock, it's terrible," said Dimitrios Katsoulis. "It's a very high speeding place — motorcyles and the cars, all night!"

Katsoulis said he heard the crash and looked outside to see one of the vehicles airborne Monday morning. The car then hit a tree before landing on its side.

A second car also crashed, and Katsoulis said someone jumped out of that car and dragged a man out of the first vehicle.

One person was taken to hospital with upper body injuries, police said. Those injuries are considered minor.

Police are still investigating and haven’t said if charges will be laid.

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