Woman dies in collision near Tignish

Eric McCarthy
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Fatal accident near Tignish

A 59-year-old woman was pronounced dead following a two-vehicle collision this morning along Route 14 in Christopher’s Cross, just outside of Tignish.

Cpl. Steve MacDonald with West Prince RCMP said the road surface was extremely slippery at the time of the collision, around 7:38 a.m.

He said the preliminary investigation suggests the driver of a car lost control while northbound on Route 14 and crossed into the path of a half-ton truck.

The car came to rest on its hood in the ditch with the truck against it.

A fire broke out in the engine area of the vehicles but MacDonald said it did not reach the cab area of the vehicles.

The corporal said it appears the woman died of injuries from the collision.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Family members have been informed, but police are not releasing the name of the deceased.

A farm tractor from a nearby residence pulled the truck back and the fire was quickly extinguished.

An RCMP collision analyst is currently on the scene and Route 14 at that location remains closed to all traffic.

The driver of the truck was transported by ambulance to Western Hospital. His injuries are not believed to be serious.

The drivers were the lone occupants of the vehicles.

Tignish Fire Department and provincial highways personnel assisted RCMP at the scene.

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Organizations: RCMP, Western Hospital, Tignish Fire Department

Geographic location: Tignish

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  • Tragedy
    December 07, 2015 - 23:03

    I feel for the family and yes this is a tragedy-but its time people stop blaming the government for " not having enough sand and salt out" or "hold them liable"...there are many factors that may have been involved here-speed? texting? black ice? passing? driver error? mechanical error? And to the Guardian-stop posting these pics for the family to have to see.

    • mary
      December 09, 2015 - 11:56

      salt should have been on the roads end of it

  • jacinta
    December 07, 2015 - 19:03

    Death is always sad, but seems to be worse near Christmas. My heart goes out to this family on your loss. Please accept my condolences on your loss.

  • Why???
    December 07, 2015 - 16:22

    Why oh why, do you feel the need to publish the pictures of accident .....this picture will be forever etched in the memory's of this poor woman family......shame on you!!

  • Regular Joe
    Regular Joe
    December 07, 2015 - 14:00

    Sad day for the family . Only two thoughts on this one it's a sad day for the family and my sincere condolences go out to them . Second thought and question is , Where were the salt and sand trucks this morning and why were they not out .

  • Dawn
    December 07, 2015 - 11:44

    Sad news

  • Black Ice
    December 07, 2015 - 11:43

    So sad,... the roads were very icy this morning, and of course there wasn't any sand and/or salt. I think the province should be held criminally responsible.

    • @BI
      December 07, 2015 - 21:51

      The problem with that is, we live in Canada and we all know that the road can be perfect and then just a degree in temperature, we are confronted with black ice....salt and sand trucks would have to put product out all day and night ...as sad as this was and is, we need to remember... drive as if its there(black ice)if My deepest condolences to the family of the lady that passed and I hope the driver of the truck is physically okay, I'm sure mentality this person is in great pain..... it is or not! My deepest condolences to her family and I hope the driver in the truck is okay too...

  • Janice
    December 07, 2015 - 10:04

    So very sad, thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.