BROADWAY – The chief of the Barney’s River Fire Department says more fatal crashes like the one on Monday will occur on Highway 104 until twinning or something else is done to reduce them.
Joe MacDonald says heavy traffic from the Victoria Day weekend and upcoming spring and summer traffic loads will make the stretch of highway between Sutherlands River and Antigonish less safe.
He is among many nearby residents and concerned citizens lobbying to get the section of highway twinned as soon as possible.
“It’s not a matter of if it’s going to happen, but when. It’s going to be happening again and again and again until it’s twinned,” he said.
“I don’t know what else they can do but separate them with a median. Traffic was really heavy, like it would be on a holiday weekend, and people are in a rush to get to their destinations.”
Pictou District RCMP is continuing to investigate the three-vehicle collision that occurred just before 4 p.m. on Monday. Two of the vehicles collided head-on.
A 35-year-old Halifax woman died at the scene. Two children, a three-year-old girl and a four-year-old boy, were in the car with the deceased woman. The boy sustained non life-threatening injuries and was transported to hospital. The girl was not injured.
The RCMP’s preliminary investigation has determined that an SUV was travelling east on Highway 104 near distance marker 188 and crossed the centre line, striking the rear driver's side of an oncoming pick-up truck.
The SUV continued east directly into the path of a westbound car, colliding head-on with it.
The 72-year-old female driver of the SUV from Pomquet sustained serious injuries and was transported via LifeFlight to hospital in Halifax....