A middle-aged couple’s travel trailer has been reduced to a pile of rubble following an accident on Highway 101 Saturday morning, Sept. 15.
But, emergency responders say, it could have been a lot worse.
Cpl. Don Dignan, of the Windsor rural RCMP, says the camper started to wobble while travelling between the exits for Hantsport around 10:30 a.m. and, by the time the rig was at Exit 8, it hit the shoulder of the road, flipped on its roof and slid into the ditch adjacent to the off ramp.
The camper “folded to pieces” as a result of the sudden impact, Dignan explained in an interview at the scene.
“If someone had of been in this trailer, then they would have been seriously injured, if not killed,” he said.
“The other thing for people to be aware of is not to just simply hook a trailer up to your truck, you have to know the weight restrictions of your vehicle, what it can haul, you have to have the proper hitch and you have to have the proper weight balance.”
The airbags of the badly damaged, extended cab Chevrolet Silverado truck deployed when the vehicle was pulled into the ditch.
“It’s quite fortunate nobody was seriously hurt or injured, but that’s a 2011 trailer and it’s worth nothing now,” Dignan said.
The couple, who were travelling with two dogs, were assessed by paramedics and deemed to be in good condition, but the driver took his wife to the hospital for an x-ray while firefighters from Hantsport helped the RCMP direct traffic, and examine the scene.