Charges pending against truck driver in Highway 101 accident

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FALMOUTH - Charges are pending against the driver of a truck involved in a crash that injured five people, including three children, Tuesday morning.

Members of the Windsor Fire Department assess the damage at a multi-vehicle accident near the Highway 101 ramp for Falmouth just before lunchtime on Tuesday.

A press release issued by the Windsor RCMP about seven hours after the crash announced that a charge of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm is pending against the truck driver.

Police are not commenting on the condition of the five people injured in the crash.

Two children had to be airlifted to Halifax with life-threatening injuries following a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 101 near the Falmouth exit Tuesday, July 9.

A six-year-old boy and an eight-year-old girl required the air ambulance service after the four-vehicle collision, said Staff Sgt. Dan Austin, commander of the Windsor District RCMP.

A three-year-old girl and 38-year-old woman travelling in the same minivan as the two children, and a 59-year-old man driving a tractor-trailer that is believed to have caused the collision, were also transported to the hospital, Austin said.

The crash, involving a motor home, the 18-wheeler, a small car and the van, occurred in a construction zone around 11:30 a.m.

The westbound tractor-trailer truck hit the minivan from behind while it was slowly gaining momentum after being stopped along the highway for construction, said Austin. The impact of the collision caused the minivan to hit the motor home, which was towing a car, he added. The couple travelling in the motor home were not injured.

Paramedics, police officers and Windsor firefighters responded to the accident. At the scene, an overturned van could be seen in the middle of the highway, close to the motor home and a badly damaged car. The tractor-trailer was upright in a nearby ditch.

Organizations: Windsor District RCMP

Geographic location: Halifax, Falmouth

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  • jr
    July 11, 2013 - 07:27

    Thank you CITIZEN, as I mentioned it is nice to hear more details. I was not sure what the road was like as far as visibility was concerned (on a turn, crest of a hils and so on) and that is why I said it would be nice to get more details. As much as I hate to say it, this sounds much like a driver either not paying attention or possibly over tired. It will be interesting to hear the final results.

  • Mrs. Chow
    July 10, 2013 - 10:43

    Honey I told you to leave these poor people alone! You know you're not supposed to be near a computer when you're off your meds.

  • jr
    July 10, 2013 - 08:57

    I would like to hear more about the immediate area as it sounds like it may have been in a construction zone. f so, then there should hav been reduced speed signs and why was the driver of the truck going that fast (if he was) or what speed was the van travelling at? I have seen a lot of cars slow down far too much just to get a look at things on the highway around areas such as construction zones. Then they take such a long time to speed up again. I am not trying to say that the truck driver should be cleared of any charges but it would be nice to hear more details of the situation as this makes truck drivers seem to be the guilty party so every time ther i san accident with a truck, the driver is almost always assumed guilty in the eyes of the general public. I relly hope that all of the injured heal and are able to get on with thier lives.

    • Citizen
      July 10, 2013 - 22:46

      JR- I was stopped at this construction site late last week and it was very well signed. There were "construction zone" and "prepare to stop" signs at 1.5km, 1km, and .5km from the site with reduce speeds along the way. There are two turns prior to the stop zone but it was very clearly indicated.

  • Mr. Chow
    July 10, 2013 - 06:26

    Can you please do spelling check on your title of your articles in the future no wonder no one is getting the paper any more. "Charges pending against truck drive in Highway 101 accident" what is a truck drive. This paper has had so many spelling mistakes and grammar errors that it makes it very hard to want to read this paper any more. The sad thing is the first paragraph it says "FALMOUTH - Charges are pending against the driver of a truck driver involved in a crash that injured five people, including three children, Tuesday morning." What is a "driver of a tuck driver" come on guys really what does it take to be a reporter a grade 10 education?