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The scene from the accident in Middleton on Wednesday at the intersection of Route 1A and Route 225.
MIDDLETON — RCMP East Prince have identified Robert Bruce Dawson, 57, of Travellers Rest as the person who died as a result of a single-vehicle accident this morning near the intersection of Route 1A and Route 225 (Kinkora highway).
The collision occurred around 11:35 a.m.
Dawson was the driver and lone occupant of a 2008 Mack Tractor which was hauling a load of gravel when the vehicle and trailer left the roadway off Route 1A as it was approaching the intersection of Route 225.
Traffic has been reduced to a single lane since the collision and personnel with the provincial Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal have assisted RCMP with traffic control at the site.
Sgt. Andrew Blackadar, media relations officer with the RCMP, said "he veered off the road; the truck went down an embankment and rolled, hit a lamp standard there at the intersection at (Route) 1A and 225.''
Dawson was taken to the Prince County Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Weather and road conditions were ideal at the time of the collision and an autopsy will be conducted to try and determine if a medical condition may have been a contributing factor in why the vehicle left the roadway.
"We're trying to determine whether it was medical distress that caused the vehicle to go off the road or if he died as a result of the injuries in the crash.''
RCMP were also assisted at the scene by Island EMS and Kinkora Fire Department.