© Eric McCarthy/Journal Pioneer
Members of the O’Leary Volunteer Fire Department survey the wreckage following a two vehicle collision in Springfield West Tuesday afternoon. The driver of a passenger car that collided with a loaded potato truck was pronounced dead at the scene.
SPRINGFIELD WEST – The driver of a car was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver of a potato truck was taken to hospital for observation following a two-vehicle collision in Springfield West shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday. Police did not believe the injuries to the truck driver were life threatening.
The collision occurred on a curve along Route 142. Upon impact, the loaded potato truck veered across the road and into a utility pole, pinning the car beneath.
Police, fire, and Island EMS personnel rushed to the scene and Department of Transportation personnel diverted all traffic away from the area. Maritime Electric crews were also dispatched as the incident impacted its high voltage line.
An RCMP traffic reconstructionist was also on scene trying to determine the cause of the collision. It was expected the road would remain closed to traffic until at least 6 p.m. while the incident was being investigated and the vehicles removed.