Two men injured when vehicle hits horses on highway
MASSTOWN – Two passersby have been called “heroes” by at least one Colchester RCMP officer.
Const. Dal Hutchinson said a driver trapped in a vehicle that collided with two horses at about 5:45 a.m. Saturday was pulled from the burning wreck by two other traveling motorists seconds before the damaged SUV exploded.
“As far as we are concerned, they are both heroes,” said Hutchinson. “They saved that guy’s life this morning.
“Within seconds that vehicle exploded and if they had not happened along when they did, (the driver) would have still been inside.”
The driver sustained serious injuries during the incident and was airlifted to a Halifax hospital. His passenger was also injured, but has since been released from the Colchester East Hants Health Centre.
Highway 104 between exits 11 and 12 was closed for several hours Saturday morning as the RCMP and Northern Traffic Services investigated the crash.
The roadway re-opened to traffic about 12:45 p.m.
Hutchinson said it was still dark when two men in a Mazda SUV were traveling eastbound along the highway and collided with two horses that were loose on the road. The officer said one was a full-size horse, the other was a miniature breed, and both died of injuries.
A third horse was found in a field near the crash scene and has been returned to its owner.
RCMP collision re-constructionists were assisting with the investigation Saturday morning and into the afternoon.