Cpt. Harry Wadup of Beloeil police said the young man appears to have been asleep at the wheel when the SUV he was driving crashed into a snowplow on a rural road in Ste-Julie.
"It was quite spectacular when we see the pictures," Wadup said. The SUV's front-end was smashed like a tin can and the vehicle was totalled, but the driver was not seriously injured.
The incident happened near 555 Chemin-du-Fer-à-Cheval around 4 a.m. Wednesday.
Wadup said the snowplow saw the SUV coming and tried unsuccessfully to pull over to the right to avoid a collision.
"It's just luck of the situation because more often than not an accident of this sort would have been a fatal accident," he said.