A 66-year-old woman is dead and a 63-year-old woman is in critical condition after they were struck by a truck on Bernard St. and Park Ave. in Mile End Tuesday afternoon.

Montreal police say the cube truck was heading north on Park Ave. when it hit two women around 2:10 p.m. on Tuesday. The women were rushed to hospital after being treated at the scene by emergency responders, said Montreal police spokesperson Jean-Pierre Brabant.

“Shortly after I arrived there, the Hatzalah volunteer EMS also arrived on scene. We immediately started CPR and started giving one of the victims medication,” said witness Raphael Farkas. “I was assisting them in attending to the more seriously injured victim. Another bunch of guys from the volunteer EMS was attending to the critical victim who I believe was still breathing.”

“I quickly ran out, I saw there was a woman lying on the ground covered in blood. I quickly started unbuttoning my shirt to be able to apply pressure,” said another witness, Alexander March.

The 66-year-old woman died shortly after in hospital.

Park Ave. was closed in both directions between St. Viateur and Van Horne Ave. for several hours while police conducted their investigation and talked to witnesses.

Police are also meeting with the 64-year-old driver, who was treated for shock.

Brabant said the women were not crossing at the intersection and it is so far unclear if they were crossing at a green light or if the driver was at fault.