A bulk potato box and a truck’s engine hood were still at the scene Wednesday morning following Tuesday’s deadly collision in Springfield West. The two-vehicle collision claimed the life of 62 year-old Nicholas Stuart Bulger of Cape Wolfe, He was driving a Honda sedan that crashed head-on into a loaded potato truck.
Eric McCarthy/Journal Pioneer
SPRINGFIELD WEST -- West Prince RCMP have identified Nicholas Stuart Bulger of Cape Wolfe as the 62 year-old man killed Tuesday in a two-vehicle collision in Springfield West.
A loaded potato truck had just rounded a curve in the road when it struck a Honda sedan being driven by Bulger. Cst. Dwayne Pardy with the West Prince RCMP detachment said investigators are still trying to determine why Bulger’s Honda sedan was in the wrong lane.
Because of the curve in the road with woods to one side, Pardy estimates the car would have come into the truck driver’s view only three to five seconds prior to impact. He said marks at the scene suggest the truck driver veered left in an attempt to avoid contact, but struck the car and pushed it across the Haliburton Road and into the ditch. The car came to rest pinned against a utility pole with the truck resting on top of it.
Bulger was pronounced dead at the scene.
The collision occurred around 1 p.m., just 600 meters in the Haliburton Road from the O’Leary Road. The 2.7-kilometer stretch of Haliburton Road between the O’Leary Road and the Navoo Road remained closed to traffic following the collision until around 10 p.m.
Pardy explained that a boom truck had to be called in to gingerly lift the truck off of the car and without contacting the utility pole or the high voltage power lines. Power through the lines also had to be turned off, he noted.
Police still had not received preliminary autopsy results Wednesday afternoon. Pardy said both vehicles have been sent for mechanical inspections.
The deceased is survived by his wife, Donna McKinnon of Cape Wolfe, and by a son Shawn Bulger and stepson Jeremy McCulley, both of Barrie, Ontario. He is also survived by 10 brothers and sisters. Visiting hours for Nicholas Stuart Bulger will be held Friday from 1 to 3 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Ferguson’s Funeral Home, O’Leary. His funeral will be in the Funeral Home Chapel Saturday at 10:30 a.m.