A 62-year-old man was electrocuted Saturday morning while trying to remove a backhoe that got stuck in some electrical wires in Fermont, a town on the North Shore near the border with Labrador.
The backhoe slid down a slope on Highway 389, coming to a stop near the wires, according to the Sûreté du Québec.
The man was in the process of retrieving the backhoe when an electrical arc formed from the wires and electrocuted him.
He collapsed in the snow and was pronounced dead after being transported to hospital.
Employees from Hydro-Québec and Transports Québec arrived to secure the area.