12/21/2013 09:58 EST | Updated 02/20/2014 05:59 EST

Quebec Road Accidents Claim 4 Men Overnight

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Four overnight fatalities on Quebec roads has Transports Québec warning drivers to take it easy while driving this weekend.

In Sept-Îles, a 21-year-old man died on Highway 138, while a 51-year-old man died in a Côte-Nord collision near Malioténam.

In the Beauce region, a 52-year-old male driver died.

Police believe a fourth death, that of a 27-year-old Sorel man, may have been caused by driver distraction. He died in a collision on Route 122 near St-Guillaume, in central Quebec.

Police are also investigating whether alcohol or speed played a factor in any of the other three deaths. Regardless, says Bruno Lacombe of Transports Québec, it’s important to be careful on the roads especially when there’s ice, snow and freezing rain to consider.

“The main problem is in the southern part of the province of Quebec,” says Lacombe.

He says critical areas to be mindful of are in the Lanaudière, Valleyfield and on the South Shore heading to the U.S. Lacombe says highways 10, 15 and 30 are partly covered with ice.

Meanwhile, snow and snow drifts are the biggest factor contributing to dangerous road and visibility conditions in more eastern and northern areas of Quebec.

Lacombe says clean-up crews are working around the clock to make sure highways and other major roadways are plowed and secured.

He says people can consult or call 511 from their cellphones or landlines for more information on road conditions.

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