Fatal truck crash still under investigation

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BIBLE HILL, N.S. - The RCMP are looking for motorists who may have passed by a tractor-trailor that was parked on the side of the west-bound lane of Nova Scotia's Highway 104 near Glenholme around 7:30 Tuesday morning.

That was the site of a fiery crash that resulted in the death of a truck driver from New Brunswick and injuries to another driver from the Enfield area.

An investigation by Colchester RCMP and RCMP Northern Traffic Services has determined that the tractor-trailer that was parked on the side of the road was rear-ended by the second rig.

The cab of the moving tractor-trailer immediately burst into flames, police said, claiming the life of Grant Donnell, 61, of Dieppe. Donnell was originally from O'Leary, P.E.I.

At issue in the investigation is whether the parked driver had properly placed flares or other emergency markers outside his rig, especially given the foggy conditions Tuesday morning.

"I do know that they've talked to a number of people and they're still trying to identify a number of people that went by just prior to the crash to see what the status was," RCMP Cpl. Addie MacCallum said on Friday.

"I know they are looking at that aspect. I mean they'd have to look at that aspect. What was the contributing factor to that crash and if there was anything criminal in nature, or (breach of) a bylaw or provincial statute?"

A memorial for Donnell is to take place today at 2 p.m. at Alberton Baptist Church.

Organizations: RCMP, Colchester RCMP and RCMP Northern Traffic Services, Alberton Baptist Church

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Enfield Dieppe O'Leary

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