Charges pending against truck driver in Highway 101 accident

Published on July 10, 2013
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.
Ashley Thompson - The Hants Journal

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

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.