Police and Department of Transportation officials investigate the scene of a fatal motor-vehicle collision that occurred Tuesday night on the Trans-Canada Highway 104 in Onslow.
ONSLOW - A Bible Hill man and assistant coach of the Brookfield junior B Elks died in a motor-vehicle collision Tuesday night near Onslow.
Tony Carlisle, who was also a constable with Halifax Regional Police, died when his van collided with a tractor-trailer around 10:45 p.m. about two kilometres west of Exit 15 on the Trans-Canada Highway 104.
"This is a tremendous loss not only for the extended police family but for the community as a whole," Halifax Police Chief Frank Beazley said. "It's devastating to lose one of our own, especially as this time of year. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Carlisle family."
Carlisle had been with the force since May 1995 and was most recently assigned to patrol division. He had served six years in the criminal investigation division, working in the drug unit and general investigation section. A Halifax Regional Police release said he had "received numerous accolades during his career for his strong investigative skills, professionalism and willingness to go the extra mile."
Elks head coach Josh Boulton declined to comment yesterday saying there was a meeting Wednesday night.
The police investigation has revealed the van was heading west in the eastbound lane when it collided with the eastbound tractor-trailer. Colchester County RCMP Sgt. Al Affleck said there was no evidence the van crossed the median.
"We can't even speculate how he ended up in that lane," he said.
Police said road conditions were wet and the visibility was about 300 metres in thick fog at the time of the collision.
Carlisle was alone in the van at the time of the crash. The tractor-trailer driver was treated and released.
"Any fatal motor-vehicle accident is a tragedy," Affleck said. "Especially in our case, being a police officer, where police officers attend them, it really hits close to home whether it is an RCMP or municipal (police officer) it doesn't matter, we're all family."
Affleck said the Colchester County RCMP detachment sends its condolences to the family and Halifax Regional Police.
On Wednesday morning the Department of Transportation and the RCMP blocked one eastbound lane to conduct a traffic analysis.
Colchester County RCMP, North East Nova RCMP Traffic Services, EHS paramedics and Onslow/Belmont firefighters responded to the call.