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It took only an instant for an idyllic country scene to collapse in an apocalyptic abyss — the earth opened, gobbled up part of a village, and dragged a family of four down to its death in a muddy crater.
Authorities said the hockey-mad Préfontaines were in the basement of their elegant country home cheering on the Montreal Canadiens when the landslide struck Monday night.
“After digging and going through the rubble, we found the four victims,” Michel Doré, Quebec's emergency management co-ordinator, said Tuesday night.