MONTREAL - A woman dining at a downtown Montreal restaurant was struck
and instantly killed by a piece of falling concrete Thursday evening.

The 33-year-old victim was dining with her husband at the Mikasa Sushi
Bar when a slab of concrete fell off a hotel on Peel Street, near the
corner of De Maisonneuve Boulevard.

The slab of decorative concrete came crashing through the
atrium window of the restaurant, located in the ground floor of the
Marriott Residence Inn, from about 17-storeys above.


The woman's death was pronounced at the scene.

Montreal police say the victim's husband, also 33, lost some fingers and was also treated for severe shock.

"He may have lost a few fingers but he's in hospital in a stable state," said Const. Olivier Lapointe.

Lapointe said a section of Peel Street, which is in the heart of
the city, was expected to remain closed for several hours as a
precaution while the fire department inspected the building.

It's not clear what caused the slab, about one metre by
one-and-a-half metres, to come off the side of the building, Lapointe

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