NEWS
10/10/2011 04:59 EDT | Updated 12/10/2011 05:12 EST

Long weekend brings string of deadly crashes; death toll highest in Quebec

TORONTO - The long weekend saw a string of deadly collisions as Canadians hit the road for Thanksgiving.

The death toll was highest in Quebec, where at least six people were killed in crashes in the last three days.

There were two fatalities in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jeans region, with the latest on Sunday night, when a woman swerved and rolled over on Route 172 in Saint-Fulgence.

The woman may have been distracted by her cell phone, Quebec provincial police said.

In the Outaouais region, two men, 17 and 18, died in a collision between their car and a van on Friday night. Police said speed may have been a factor in the incident.

That same night, a woman died after losing control of her car in Quebec City. Alcohol and speed may have played a role in the collision, police said.

A fiery crash in Rimouski on Friday morning cost a truck driver his life.

The tally was only slightly lower in Ontario, with at least four deaths on roads patrolled by provincial police by Monday afternoon, down from six over the same period last year.

"It's good news and it's bad news _ even one life is too many," said OPP Sgt. Dave Woodford.

A rollover Sunday night on a rural road southeast of London killed one man and left another in critical condition.

Two motorcyclists died in separate collisions Saturday, one near New Tecumseth and the other in Oxford County between Kitchener and London.

And a cyclist was struck and killed Friday night in a community near Lake Huron.

Woodford said provincial police have also laid more than 3,600 speeding charges over the holiday weekend, as well as some 620 charges for not wearing a seatbelt.

"You'd think that people would get it by now," he said, noting that the current seatbelt laws have been in place for decades.

There have also been a number of deadly crashes in the Toronto area, including one police are blaming on street racing.

At least three people were killed in crashes in the Prairies _ two in Manitoba and the third in Saskatchewan.

One of the Manitoba collisions involved a 76-year-old man; the other, a 16-year-old boy on a dirt bike.

The Atlantic provinces saw their share of collisions as well.

A 66-year-old man died Saturday from injuries sustained after the car he was driving struck a moose on a Newfoundland highway.

A head-on crash between a motorcycle and an SUV killed a New Brunswick man the same day. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.