Driver of bridge sweeper involved in Confederation Bridge crash back at work

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This is all that remains of a street sweeper hit by a transport truck on the Confederation Bridge Monday, Jan. 13, 2014

BORDEN-CARLETON – The driver of a bridge sweeper involved in a rear-end collision on the Confederation Bridge in January is back on the job.

A company spokesperson said Friday that the driver, a long-time employee of Strait Crossing Bridge Ltd., was taken to hospital after the accident and released later that same day. He sustained no serious injuries.

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"The operator of street sweeper was on the bridge proceeding to the New Brunswick side at a very low speed when a tractor-trailer hit it from behind," said an East Prince RCMP spokesman.

The Mountie said a passenger in the tractor-trailer was seriously injured but that his injuries were not life threatening.

The driver of the bridge sweeper was also injured in the collision.

"He was badly shaken up and bruised," the spokesman said. "He didn't see it coming. He was struck pretty hard and didn't recall some things.”

The driver of the tractor-trailer was charged under the provincial Highway Traffic Act for driving without due care and attention.

The accident shut down traffic on the Confederation for nearly four hours while the accident scene was cleared.

Organizations: Strait Crossing Bridge, East Prince RCMP

Geographic location: BORDEN-CARLETON, New Brunswick

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