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Eyewitness to truck crashing in Gaspereau River shares astonishing account

Firefighters were called to the bridge over the Gaspereau River after a transport truck left the highway and ended up in the thick mud lining the river. 
Firefighters were called to the bridge over the Gaspereau River after a transport truck left the highway and ended up in the thick mud lining the river. 

GRAND PRE, N.S.  - An eyewitness to a bizarre incident on Highway 101 that resulted in a transport truck crashing through guardrails and ending up in the Gaspereau River says she doesn’t know how anyone could live through it.

Cheryl Fancey of Berwick said she was in the westbound lane heading toward home the afternoon of Oct. 11 when the incident occurred. There was a silver coloured car directly in front of her. The transport truck has passed them coming down off Avonport Mountain and was a couple of car lengths ahead.

“I’m not really sure what happened but he was in the outside lane, we were on the inside lane, and he just went right through the guardrail on the west side,” Fancey said.

The truck crossed the eastbound lane, narrowly missing a car. The truck smashed through another guardrail and went down over the embankment into the mud of the Gaspereau River.

A young couple in the car ahead of Fancey jumped out of their vehicle to help. Fancey said she also jumped out of her vehicle while her daughter called 911.

“I ran across, went right down over the top and through to the mud,” Fancey said. “At that point the young lady and the gentleman were in the truck with the driver, you could see that he was alert and conscious. Pale, shaken, but he was alert.”

She said two other witnesses came along. They were also on the phone with 911. Fancey waited to make sure EHS paramedics were on the scene before she left.

Fancey said the driver of the vehicle that the transport truck almost hit, an older gentleman, was standing by the guardrail just past the bridge.

“He was very shaken,” Fancey said.

Fancey said she believes that the roadwork being done on Highway 101 west of Exit 10 could have “saved someone’s life today.” Luckily, there was very little eastbound traffic at the time of the incident.

Fancey said it appeared that the transport truck was airborne at one point. She said it was scary to watch but her first thought was ensuring that the driver had the help he needed.

Fancey said that she and her daughter were very glad to make it home. She said people have to slow down on the highway, especially when coming down off the steep hills at Avonport and Hantsport.

Fancey said she was relieved to hear that the driver got out of the transport truck and she hopes that he’ll be okay.

“I don’t know how anyone could live through that but I’m glad to hear that he at least got out of the vehicle,” she said.

Highway 101 was closed temporarily and traffic was re-routed down Gaspereau River Road. The tide was out at the time of the crash.

kstarratt@kingscountynews.ca

 

Cheryl Fancey of Berwick said she was in the westbound lane heading toward home the afternoon of Oct. 11 when the incident occurred. There was a silver coloured car directly in front of her. The transport truck has passed them coming down off Avonport Mountain and was a couple of car lengths ahead.

“I’m not really sure what happened but he was in the outside lane, we were on the inside lane, and he just went right through the guardrail on the west side,” Fancey said.

The truck crossed the eastbound lane, narrowly missing a car. The truck smashed through another guardrail and went down over the embankment into the mud of the Gaspereau River.

A young couple in the car ahead of Fancey jumped out of their vehicle to help. Fancey said she also jumped out of her vehicle while her daughter called 911.

“I ran across, went right down over the top and through to the mud,” Fancey said. “At that point the young lady and the gentleman were in the truck with the driver, you could see that he was alert and conscious. Pale, shaken, but he was alert.”

She said two other witnesses came along. They were also on the phone with 911. Fancey waited to make sure EHS paramedics were on the scene before she left.

Fancey said the driver of the vehicle that the transport truck almost hit, an older gentleman, was standing by the guardrail just past the bridge.

“He was very shaken,” Fancey said.

Fancey said she believes that the roadwork being done on Highway 101 west of Exit 10 could have “saved someone’s life today.” Luckily, there was very little eastbound traffic at the time of the incident.

Fancey said it appeared that the transport truck was airborne at one point. She said it was scary to watch but her first thought was ensuring that the driver had the help he needed.

Fancey said that she and her daughter were very glad to make it home. She said people have to slow down on the highway, especially when coming down off the steep hills at Avonport and Hantsport.

Fancey said she was relieved to hear that the driver got out of the transport truck and she hopes that he’ll be okay.

“I don’t know how anyone could live through that but I’m glad to hear that he at least got out of the vehicle,” she said.

Highway 101 was closed temporarily and traffic was re-routed down Gaspereau River Road. The tide was out at the time of the crash.

kstarratt@kingscountynews.ca

 

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