Two men escape injury that leaves vehicles heavily damaged

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MONTAGUE – Two men escaped serious injuries following a crash between a pickup truck towing an empty livestock trailer and a van this morning near Montague.

The RCMP say a preliminary investigation indicates a southbound van turned into the path of a northbound pickup truck, which was towing an empty livestock trailer.  

The pickup truck struck the front passenger side of the van, sending both vehicles and the trailer into the ditch.

Both vehicles sustained heavy damage.

The crash happened at the intersection of Route 4 and Route 319, also known as the Brudenell Road about 9:40 a.m.

Island EMS and Kings District RCMP responded.

The only occupant of the van, a 78-year-old man from Roseneath, was transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown with non life-threatening injuries.  

The only occupant of the pickup truck, a 50-year-old man from Lorne Valley, was treated at the scene by Island EMS and released.

Police say alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

Police remind Island drivers to always wear their seatbelts – it is required by law and seatbelts are known to reduce fatalities and severe injuries when an accident occurs.

 

Organizations: RCMP, Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Geographic location: Brudenell Road, Roseneath, Charlottetown Lorne Valley

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  • family
    January 23, 2014 - 23:28

    People stop blaming someone and accident is just that an accident. And for all you that like to blame someone the driver of the van lost his life. He is someones husband, brother, father. Grandfather. Uncle and friend. So stop and let the family mourn without judgement.

  • Niece
    January 23, 2014 - 09:11

    Have some respect people! My uncle WAS seriously hurt in that accident and is now in Halifax fighting for his life. Roads were bad it could have been anyone of you . So do not judge instead keep the family in your thoughts and pray for the man. Stay strong Uncle Jack.

    • My condolences
      January 24, 2014 - 06:22

      I hear of his passing yesterday, prayers to your family.

  • younger driver
    January 22, 2014 - 17:11

    Ever think that maybe due to road conditions the van couldn't stop? Maybe there was a reason for him to be on the road... We don't know... and until all facts are released we shouldn't rush to judgement nor speculation, just be thankful no one was seriously hurt!

  • david
    January 22, 2014 - 14:31

    Seems like pretty straightforward case on of driver inattention. Of course 78 years old is rather old to be driving on stormy day. There should be a limit on when people over 75 years of age are allowed on the roads. To bad that a careless driver has to drag the poor innocent farmer into the accident.

    • A relative
      January 22, 2014 - 15:31

      It's actually not a straight forward case of driver inattention. The roads were bad and he spun out. It could have been anyone, have some respect.

    • HOWABOUT
      January 23, 2014 - 00:39

      I knew of a person who drove regularly from Yarmouth county to Halifax when he was past age 90, no accidents.

    • Captain Canuck
      January 23, 2014 - 16:24

      To A Relative: it doesn't matter how nice a person is, or how related a person is, they can still make mistakes. Driver inattention happened on someone's part or there would be no collision. Weather is not at fault ever - it is not knowing how to drive in those conditions that is the problem. We've all been there, MYSELF INCLUDED. It is driver inattention plain and simple.

    • Family
      January 23, 2014 - 22:51

      The weather was poor (as we all know) and if EITHER of them had stayed home them my Granddad would still be with us today. But life is unpredictable and ACCIDENTS happen everyday. I'm sure neither the "poor farmer" or my granddad went out believing they would be in an accident that day. @Captain Canuck Weather can always be a factor you must be aware of, that being said NOBODY can prepare for everything. We don't know if there was black ice under the snow that was layered onto the road or if they sheer amount of traffic compacted the snow so much that it became ice. You are an ignorant person if you don't believe it couldn't happen to anyone. I feel sorry for your family they have to be around such a negative person. My Granddad died shortly after this accident. So he is paying for whatever mistakes he has made in life. Don't you worry, jerk.

  • Kathy
    January 22, 2014 - 13:50

    That man is my fatherinlaw we r praying for u be strong. I hear theirs alot of accidents that acure in that area hopefully this will be the last

    • Chad
      January 22, 2014 - 15:45

      My landlord