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Collision with pick up truck sends its 76-year-old driver, wife to hospital

ALBANY — RCMP East Prince, Island EMS and Borden-Carleton Fire Department responded to a two-vehicle collision which occurred on Route 1A in Albany at approximately 1:40 p.m. Friday

Investigation revealed a 2011 Volvo tractor trailer, being operated by a 30-year-old male from Cable Head East, PEI made a left hand turn into the path of an oncoming 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, says a press release issued by the RCMP.

Both vehicles sustained extensive damages with the impact resulting in the Silverado flipping over and coming to rest on its roof. The 76 year old male driver from Richmond, PEI and his wife, who was a passenger in the vehicle, were both transported to Prince County hospital in Summerside with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

RCMP were also assisted at the scene by personnel from the PEI Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, who re-directed traffic around the collision scene while this portion of Route 1A was closed to traffic, to allow for the investigation and subsequent removal of the damaged vehicles.

Weather and road conditions were excellent at the time of the collision, and alcohol was not a factor.

The driver of the Volvo tractor trailer, who was not injured, was issued a summary offence ticket under the Highway Traffic Act for crossing into the path of the oncoming pickup.

Organizations: Borden-Carleton Fire Department, RCMP.Both, Prince County Hospital RCMP PEI Department of Transportation

Geographic location: ALBANY, Silverado, Richmond Summerside

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Recent comments

  • reality check
    January 13, 2013 - 11:16

    This probably wouldn't have happened if we still had trains and all the cargo coming to and from PEI was going by rail instead.

  • Wendall bridges jr
    January 12, 2013 - 17:56

    I agree the 30 year man caused the crash now the people in the pickup are elderly as it may of bin thare falt because of thare age

  • Greg bridges
    January 12, 2013 - 11:17

    .I am the son of the 2 people and would just like to thank everyone involved who assisted help to my parents..

  • Gerry
    January 12, 2013 - 10:50

    "and Borden-Carleton Fire Department responded" what does that tell you Mr. Dougay? Please read the story which in no way is about notoriety. GAWD!!!

  • is Robert Vessey correct after all?
    January 12, 2013 - 10:37

    Anybody who took the time to study the statistics knows that these are the types of incidents Robert Vessey drew upon to justify spending over 30 million tax dollars for a few kilometers of pavement in Bonshaw. However, in the firm belief that Islanders are short attention spanned idiots, he persists in the mis-representation of the facts. I'm not a tree-hugger and I do support justified infrastructure projects. But, if Islanders continue to allow toxic politicians to pave over our priorities, does that mean that Vessey may be correct after all?

    • counting what counts
      January 12, 2013 - 12:22

      Who can count the number of times Islanders have been planb'd? There is something especially sinister about Mr. Ghiz and Mr. Vessey fear mongering us about safety and then using Islander's money for patronage projects like the Bonshaw project. It's not pavement that will keep Islanders safer. What will keep us safer are drivers that obey the rules of the road and better enforcement when we don't.

  • Sylvia
    January 12, 2013 - 09:11

    This is tragic and very frightening. Island highways aren't safe any more. There is one point I would like to make. As a former home support worker, the ages of this couple does not mean they are elderly. They are seniors. Calling them elderly in the headline is an error. I hope this senior couple will recover from this terrible accident. There is a lot of prejudice in P.E.I. against elderly drivers and I think when the Guardian is reporting an accident, more care should be taken in regard to this point I've made. Thank you.

      January 12, 2013 - 10:58

      SYLVIA...At what point do they become elderly?

    • I see
      January 12, 2013 - 11:42

      I don't think it matters that much.

  • lawson dougay
    January 12, 2013 - 07:36

    your news story failed to mention that the borden-Carleton and Kinkora fire departments were also on the seen. WHY do so most news stories fail to mention our voulanteers who give so freely of their time and talants to serve others. KUDOS to our fire departments for the great job they do

    • Piet Hein
      January 12, 2013 - 10:31

      Lawson Dougay, why does it matter what emergency services are mentioned in the story as long as they went about their jobs and rescued the two truck passengers. I hope the volunteers are not in just for the glory. I would assume as long as they rescued the people and no one died in this crash that should be enough satisfaction of a job well done. As Fonzie once said on Happy Days - as long as you know you are good it does not matter who else knows.

    • Wendall bridges jr
      January 12, 2013 - 17:48

      I personally won't to thank both your fire depts for your expert attention you gave my parents they were very lucky to have you guys thare thanks again mr dougay and your deptments

  • statler
    January 12, 2013 - 03:45

    SG--Don What dose either of your comments have to do with this story???????

  • don
    January 11, 2013 - 22:37

    SG. it is called NO BRAIN.but he/she will do it once to often. same as these so called bikers on the organ donor bikes i have had them pass me on the drivers side inside my lane all i had to do was turn the wheel a 1/4 " and bye bye. the guy you had must be heading for a coffee.

  • SG
    January 11, 2013 - 20:46

    We were travelling on the Bypass to the Hospital at 10:45 AM this morning in the Right Lane when a small red car pulled out and passed us. There was a short patch of pavement beside the right lane and the Car was just barely able to pull in front of us at top speed before that patch of pavement came to an end. Why he didn't use the Left Lane to Pass is beyond me!