Four-vehicle traffic collision claims life

NORTH GRANT: An 87-year-old Antigonish woman was pronounced deceased at the scene of a four-vehicle traffic collision that took place last evening on Highway 245 near North Grant.

“There were three cars and a tractor trailer involved in the collision,” said Cpl. Dal Hutchinson, a media relations officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. “One of the cars collided with the tractor trailer resulting in those two vehicles going into a vehicle behind each one.”

Hutchinson spoke with The Reporter on Friday morning, August 4, and the collision took place on August 3 at 5 p.m. The officer explained that one passenger was killed in the collision, and she was driving with an 89-year-old man from Antigonish who was transported to St. Martha’s hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

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None of the drivers in the other vehicles were injured, and no one was driving with them.

Traffic was re-routed onto Pleasant Valley Road as an RCMP collision analyst was on the scene, and the road was closed between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. The collision remains under investigation.

“We had a collision analyst on the scene for approximately six hours, and he’ll be looking at speeds, mechanical factors, and whatever else we may need to determine an exact cause,” Hutchinson said.

“In a case like this where you have multiple witnesses, what they observed will help us understand what actually took place. Right now, it’s too soon to determine what actually happened.

It would also be too soon to determine if pressing charges will be required, he said.

“Our thoughts are with the victims’ families and friends at this difficult time,” said a media release from the RCMP.