SPRINGFIELD WEST – West Prince RCMP do not expect they will be releasing the name of the man killed Tuesday afternoon in a two-vehicle collision in Springfield West until Wednesday, but they indicate he was the lone occupant of a Honda sedan that collided shortly after 1 p.m. with a truck loaded with potatoes.
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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.
“Police believe the car went into the lane of the potato truck,” Corporal Steve MacDonald indicated. After impact, the potato truck veered left across Route 144, the Haliburton Road, and into the ditch, taking the car with it. Both vehicles came to rest against a utility pole for Maritime Electric’s high voltage power line, with the car lodged under the front of the truck.
The deceased, police report, is a man in his early 60s who is from the area.
Corporal MacDonald said the driver of the potato truck was shaken up by the incident and taken to hospital by ambulance for observation. His injuries were not believed to be serious.
A traffic reconstructionist with the RCMP was on scene trying to determine what might have caused the car to be in the wrong lane. The collision occurred just as the car was entering a right-hand curve in the road.
The Haliburton Road is west of O’Leary. The collision occurred between Route 142, the O’Leary Road, and Route 147, the Navoo Road.
The road was still closed to traffic at 6:30 p.m. and was expected to remain closed for at least another hour. Although towing equipment was on the scene, the vehicles and victim could not be removed until after Maritime Electric personnel secured the utility pole.