Tractor trailer overturns near Truro; exit ramp closed

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Tractor trailer crash


The closure of the Exit 15 ramp, connecting Highway 102 with the northbound lanes of Highway 104 at Truro, has been delayed until 5 p.m. to allow for the removal of freight from an overturned tractor



TRURO – The Exit 15 ramp connecting Highway 102 with the northbound lanes of Highway 104 at Truro will be closed for about four hours beginning at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, due to an accident involvmg a tractor trailer carrying tires on mOnday night.

Northbound traffic, toward New Brunswick, will be detoured to Trunk 2 at Exit 14A and directed west for about eight kilometres to the flashing light at MacElmon Road. Traffic will then take MacElmon Road for about two kilometres and connect with Highway 104 at Exit 13.

The detour is necessary to remove a tractor trailer that overturned on the ramp. Traffic on Highway 102 heading east on Highway 104 is not affected but extra caution is advised at the interchange

The tractor trailer carrying tires from Bridgewater will have to be unloaded before it can be righted after it flipped on the Highway 104 on-ramp late Monday night.

The driver had lost control of the vehicle as he left Highway 102 and travelled along the on-ramp to Highway 104 around 11 p.m. The truck rolled over on to its passenger's side with the tractor on the road and the trailer in the ditch. The vehicle was bound for Moncton.

A crew with the Transportation Department was called to deal with an oil leak as well as the Onslow Belmont Fire Brigade. 

The tractor trailer is expected to be moved later in the day. The cause of the crash is under investigation but alcohol was ruled out as a factor, according to a report from the Colchester County RCMP.



Organizations: Transportation Department, Colchester County RCMP

Geographic location: Moncton

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Recent comments

  • Colin
    August 22, 2012 - 15:03

    Hey Daizy, if you want your goods by train, dont whine when the cost of EVERYTHING goes through the roof..Irene, that is a ridculous statement. Professionals in all walks of life make mistakes. To suggest anyone should have a 100% success rate at anything is quite ignorant

    • cornelius p cornhowser
      August 22, 2012 - 18:58

      Trains are the cheapest transportation going fuel-wise. You can move 1 ton of goods 100 km by rail for a small amount of fuel. It's easily 5 to 10 times cheaper in terms of fuel compared to what an 18-wheeler could travel. Those tires should have been moving on a train - much safer. We need more regulations in this country for trucking. In the New England states they only allow half the axle weight compared to the Maritime provinces. We are allowing our taxpayer funded highways to get beat to sh!t by the private trucking companies - they make their money off the backs of taxpayers. I say put tolls on every 100-series highway and toll the trucks just like they do in the states. We would have better maintained roads and the cost of the highway for trucks would be higher so some of those goods might go by train which is better for the motoring public as well as the environment.

  • sam
    August 22, 2012 - 08:21

    as a employee in the transportation industry I am very surprised at the comments that people have to say, as lee puts it all you armchair investigators have you ever driven this part of the trans canada highway, the signage is what to be expected in this province. you have a ramp speed sign(which no one can seem to under stand cars and trucks) then on the sharp corner you have arrows tell drivers of the corner. now driving a truck with 60 000 pounds behind you and you don"t follow road speed signs and you have never driven this road before, buy the time you get in the corner its too late over goes the load and truck.does anybody realize that there has been three roll overs at this corner in the last four months. One would think that there may be a problem here. but hey I might just be another tax paying armchair investigator.

  • Moral Compass
    August 22, 2012 - 07:56

    Lee - one doesn't have to be there to be confused as to how a tractor trailer would overturn at this specific location. If you've driven it, you would understand. It is on a ramp, so other vehicles would not have been a factor. The speed should not have been enough of a factor to cause this had an animal run onto the ramp. I think you're grasping for reasonable excuses that just aren't there. Go drive the same route and come back and give me a plausible excuse for this accident .... other than driver error.

  • Driver
    August 21, 2012 - 20:24

    I travel this turn off everyday. This is the third roll over I have seen in about a year. Same spot everytime.!!! Trucks are usually going to fast to make the curve...or the load shifts...Thank goodness there were no serious injuries...Be Careful Out There..Car and Truck drivers read the posted speed limit--Its there for a reason.

  • cathy
    August 21, 2012 - 20:09

    first off i hope the driver is okay. and second "things happen"

  • Blueyes
    August 21, 2012 - 17:40

    If this is the exit ramp from 102 to 104 at Truro,then there is no wonder accidents happen there.Who ever designed this off ramp must be a fool.The turn is way to sharp for cars let alone top heavy tractor trailers.The turn should have been more gradual.

  • drummer
    August 21, 2012 - 15:36

    I'm a wife of a trucker and have seen way too many cars trying to be bigger than the rig that they are following to close too, trying to pass when they shouldn't be, some the actions I have seen from the cars would curl the normal persons hair. If you take our truckers off the road your not going to get many items that are trucked to your store, and like my husband who hauls your gas, or the fuel for your plane trip, or the liquid air that freezes your fancy lobster....your not going to get that either. Rigs have mandatory inspections, before the rig moves for a trip there is a inspection by the driver to make sure everything is up to par before hitting the road. Sarah your so right and couldn't have spoken truer words. Cars on the highway scare me with their crazy drivers, not the truckers.

    • irene
      August 22, 2012 - 10:11

      Drummer,truck drivers are supposed to be Professionals,Professionals do not have accidents that are Non-Preventable,They either lose control due to multi factors or fall asleep at the's no wonder we have car accidents when a big rig is abusing the highway rules/laws-every 4 wheeler would gladly end up in the ditch than be a hood ornament on an ignorant tailgating 18 wheeler which we see every day.if the Pros think they have privilidges more than the non pros,let them have their own road,far far away from us common drivers!if you can't stand the heat,lighten your load and find another profession!

    • smallkitten
      August 22, 2012 - 11:40

      I too am the wife of a truck driver. There are many factors that would result in an accident. I have seen far to many "IDIOT" drivers of family vehicles out there that it would scare most people. If you are not a truck driver or have never driven in one you cant even begin to compare what they have to deal with. If you drive a small car take note on what you have to deal with other drivers of smaller vehicles and then multiply that numerously. With large vehicles their stopping time isnt as fast as with a smaller vehicle when some idiot passes them and then pulls in way too close....this is just an example. I could go on and on. Some say the truck drivers have no respect in actuallity its the little guy who has no respect.

  • Terry
    August 21, 2012 - 15:33

    Sorry Lee, accidents just dont happen. I do agree that truck drivers are an important to our everyday needs and are definitely in need of a pat on the back for the sacrifices they make day in and day out, so that we have the basic things to live. my issue revolves around those drivers who fail to drive properly in certain conditions. this is a ramp and speeds have to be adusted when navigating. This was obviously not the case. I am very happy the driver is fine, but he went into that turn much to fast. there have been plenty of accidents in that exact turn, would be interesting to know how many. If you have ever gone through it yourself you would realize that it seems like it is one nice gradual turn, but right in that section you have to again turn more to the left, which if you are carrying any speed puts you in great danger of going off the road or flipping over. There is a design issue with the road for sure, but proper speeds would eliminate this accident and the possible harm it could have caused himself or any other member of the travelling public.

  • Protect the Innocent
    August 21, 2012 - 15:31

    The National Collision Database (accessible from the Transport Canada website) indicates that there are approximately 10,000 accidents each year involving large trucks or tractor trailers in Canada. In total, up to 4,000 people are injured and as many as 100 killed each year due to these collisions or "accidents". It appears that each year, in July and August, a significant number of horrific accidents involving tractor trailers are occurring. Many of which happen on the roads of Pictou and neighbouring counties. Why? Bad conditions, loads "shifting", sudden mechanical failures? No. These are nothing but excuses from those trying to escape blame. If there are 10,000 accidents each year, isn't it time that drivers and trucking companies become properly accountable? Drive according to the road and weather conditions. Do not drive with an unstable load. Ensure the vehicle is mechanical safe. OR face SEVERE punishment. In terms of a likely outcome, there's no difference between badly driving a badly secured/maintained vehicle to that of randomly discharging an automatic weapon into a busy street. Yet the latter is treated as a significant crime but, as we're so desensitized by the former, it's nothing more than a trivial statistic. This has to change.

  • Linda
    August 21, 2012 - 14:42

    Chances are that excessive speed was the factor.

  • Marie
    August 21, 2012 - 13:26

    Oops, they forgot to report whether the driver was ok?...injured?..sole occupant...???

  • Moral Compass
    August 21, 2012 - 13:20

    I am finding it very difficult to understand how the drive "lost control" at that location. It makes absolutely no sense ... it is almost impossible to do.

    • Lee
      August 21, 2012 - 13:49

      Were you there? Did you see whether an animal ran out in front of the driver or if there were other vehicles nearby? Do you know if the vehicle suffered a mechanical issue? You have no idea, armchair investigator.

    • Doesn't Matter
      August 21, 2012 - 21:39

      I'm with you, driving too fast, he will probably say "his load shifted". No truck that size would swerve for an animal.

    • Travis
      August 22, 2012 - 06:56

      Imposible to lose control? what kind of vehicle do u drive. Its a sharp turn on a highway on/off ramp. its where 80% of accidents from people losing control happens. In big trucks like that its very easy to lose control on sharp corners, exspecially when they are loaded. Tire blow outs, animals, other motorists, wet roads, mechanical issues.

  • susan nibbs
    August 21, 2012 - 11:53

    alot of drivers have very little driving experence.from driving school .to the highway.

  • Rora
    August 21, 2012 - 10:42

    That's a nasty ramp.

  • melissa
    August 21, 2012 - 10:15

    If you don't want tractor trailers on the road with your family, than you best be willing to give up almost everything in your home; including your food. They are what brought it.

    • Lee
      August 21, 2012 - 10:28

      Amen, Melissa! We should just be glad that the driver is okay and nobody was injured. Accidents happen.

    • Sarah
      August 21, 2012 - 13:22

      Like your thoughts Lee! Accidents happen and it occurs far more often with cars (trucks, vans, suvs, etc) than with tractor trailers. Spend enough time travelling on the highways and you'll see more scary drivers behind the wheel of the "little" vehicles than trucks! Glad it wasn't more serious!

  • scary
    August 21, 2012 - 09:37

    scary this is on the road when you and your family also is on the road.

    • Daizy
      August 21, 2012 - 12:43

      Makes the use of trains look pretty good, eh?