GILBERT'S COVE/ASHMORE DIGBY COUNTY – Two collisions occurred within a short distance and a short timeframe of one another along a section of Highway 101 in Digby County on June 4.
The first collision was reported at 8:25 a.m. in Gilbert's Cove involving two vehicles. The RCMP says eastbound traffic was slowing and a vehicle towards the back of the line of traffic pulled out to pass the other vehicles. It struck a vehicle that was turning left into a driveway at the front of the line of traffic. It stuck the driver’s side of that vehicle. Charges may be pending.
The vehicle that was stuck rolled and landed in the ditch. The occupants of the car that was struck – a woman and two children – were entrapped, however no serious injuries resulted from the collision. All of the occupants of both vehicles were transported to hospital with what was believed to be minor injuries.
RCMP, the Plympton and Weymouth volunteer fire departments and EHS responded to the scene. The section of Highway 101 between the Weymouth area and Digby is not a controlled-access highway. It is Route 1 in a residential area where posted speed limits are 80 and 90 km/h. Many refer to it as the 'unfinished' section of the highway.
The second collision occurred in Ashmore and involved a line of cars that was waiting due to a road closure that had resulted from the first collision. The collision was reported at 9:22 a.m. and was located 1.7 kilometres from the first collision scene.
A tractor trailer that was approaching the stopped line of vehicles did not stop and caused a chain reaction collision involving the last three vehicles in the line of traffic. The driver of the first vehicle struck by the truck was transported to hospital via LifeFlight with serious but non life-threatening injuries, the RCMP says. No other serious injuries resulted from this collision.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured. He was served a Summary Offence Ticket for Following Too Closely and is scheduled to appear in Digby Provincial Court on Aug. 9.
Highway 101 was closed for several hours with traffic rerouted on a detour while emergency crews examined the scenes and cleared damaged vehicles from the roadway. The investigation into the collisions is ongoing.