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Canada Father and son from Gatineau killed in Pennsylvania crash

17:26  06 july  2018
17:26  06 july  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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a man taking a selfie: Benjamin Gaillard worked with Théâtre Action, a company based in Ottawa. © Radio-Canada Benjamin Gaillard worked with Théâtre Action, a company based in Ottawa.

A revered member of Ottawa's French theatre community has died after a crash in Pennsylvania.

Benjamin Gaillard, the programming coordinator for Franco-Ontarian company Théâtre Action, was killed along with his 10-year-old son in a crash on Interstate 81 in Lackawanna County Pennsylvania, near the city of Scranton.

According to police in the area, Gaillard was driving his Toyota Corolla when he stopped for another accident ahead. A tractor trailer then crashed into their vehicle, making the car spin and then hit another tractor trailer that was stopped for the accident.

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Gaillard's wife and daughter were also in the car and were injured in the accident, but are now in hospital in stable condition.

"Benjamin was one of the most beautiful people I've ever met," says Marie-Eve Chassé, the executive director of Théâtre Action.

"On the field, in projects such as our school festival, he gave the impression of having the gift of ubiquity, always on the lookout, smiling, pleasant and with a touch of humour to relax the atmosphere."

a helicopter parked in a field: A crash in Pennsylvania claimed the life of Benjamin Gaillard and his 10-year-old son on July 4, 2018. © Courtesy WBRE A crash in Pennsylvania claimed the life of Benjamin Gaillard and his 10-year-old son on July 4, 2018.

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