This is so heartbreaking. A tractor accident in Quebec near Montreal has killed three children and left three more injured. Two adults are also in critical condition because of what happened.

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In Notre-Dame-de-Stanbridge, just southeast of Montreal, 10 people were riding in the front shovel of a tractor around 7:00 p.m. on July 1.

Then they were ejected from the vehicle.

"They were injured by the tractor," Sgt. Ingrid Asselin of the provincial police force Sûreté du Québec told CTV Montreal

Three children under five years old were killed in the accident and three more were injured.

Four adults were riding in the tractor along with the children. Two are in critical condition while the other two sustained minor injuries. 

According to The Canadian Press, the driver, a man in his 30s, has been arrested and is expected to make a court appearance sometime on July 2.

Alcohol may have been a factor in the accident but the reason why the six children and four adults were ejected from the tractor is still unknown.

Sgt. Asselin noted that riding in the shovel of a moving tractor is actually illegal. 

It's believed that the three children who were injured in the accident are not in danger of losing their lives.

Apparently the front shovel of the tractor also had pieces of wood in it along with the 10 people.

The CBC has reported that the accident happened on Rang Sainte-Anne, a straight road that has a speed limit of 70 km/h.

No information has been released yet about what the driver could be charged with.

Earlier in the week, there was another tragic loss of young life in Quebec.

A baby was found dead at the back of an apartment in Gatineau.

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