WEST INGLISVILLE - A 23-year-old Dartmouth man is dead after the car he was driving missed a turn and rolled into the ditch on Trout Lake Road in West Inglisville near Lawrencetown late Friday evening.
Four passengers – two men and two women ages 21 to 24 — were injured in the crash and transported to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.
The crash occurred at about 11:30 p.m. on sharp curve of the narrow, steep road that winds down the mountain into Lawrencetown.
Lawrencetown firefighters, RCMP, and EHS were on the scene within minutes, but it was a passerby who assisted the passengers to get out of the upside down vehicle which had caught fire.
Firefighters were able to quickly put out the blaze. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
The crash ripped back the roof of the Toyota Tercel and smashed in the driver’s side doors.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that a car had failed to negotiate a turn in the roadway, left the roadway and had rolled landing on its roof,” said Annapolis RCMP Sgt. Rocky Calhoun.
He said an RCMP traffic analyst has been called in to assist the investigators. He said the name of the deceased is not being released at this time.
Calhoun said the occupents of the car were students at the NSCC Centre of Geographic Sciences in Lawrencetown. He said police are working with the medical examiner’s office to see if alcohol was involved.
NSCC Annapolis Valley Campus Principal Isabel Madeira-Voss offered condolences to the family of the man who died in the crash.
“To see such a young life lost is so tragic,” she said on behalf of NSCC. “Losing one of our own students feels like losing a family member. We send our thoughts and prayers to his family, friends and to the college community affected by this sad news. Our thoughts are also with those four students who were passengers in the vehicle.”
Madeira-Voss she had been informed by RCMP that all five of the young people involved in the car crash overnight Friday are students of the Lawrencetown COGS site of the Annapolis Valley Campus.
The campus has set up a drop-in centre for students and employees affected by the tragedy to provide counselling and support for as long as it is needed.