Van in wrong lane before fatal Hwy. 105 crash, RCMP say
UPDATED 4:49 p.m. Tuesday
RCMP say a driver was on the wrong side of a Cape Breton highway before a four-vehicle crash Tuesday morning that left one man dead and a woman fighting for her life.
“The driver of the van, an adult male, is going to be charged with driving left of a double solid line,” said Inverness RCMP Const. Brad Anderson.
The charge is not a Criminal Code offence, but an offence under the provincial Motor Vehicle Act.
At about 8:30 a.m., police were called to Highway 105 at St. Patrick’s Channel, near Wagmatcook First Nation where they found a tractor-trailer upside down in a ditch. Two cars and a passenger van were also involved in the collision.
Police originally believed that a passenger in one of the vehicles may have been missing, but officers later were able to account for everyone.
Anderson said the driver of a Pontiac Grand Am died at the scene. A woman in the car with him was taken by air ambulance to Cape Breton Regional Hospital in critical condition.
Two men were taken to Victoria County Memorial Hospital to be treated for non-life- threatening injuries. One was the driver of an 18-wheeler. The other was the driver of a Chevrolet van, who now faces the Motor Vehicle Act charge.
A man who was driving a Toyota Corolla was not injured.
Anderson described the stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway as particularly busy - especially during tourist season.
The two-lane highway remained closed while the investigation continued.
With Aaron Beswick, staff reporter