Updated: April 1
Horrendous road conditions were a factor in a collision early Monday evening that claimed the life of a six-year-old girl.
“Pathetic is the best way to describe them,” Sgt. Allan Carroll of the Cumberland RCMP said. “You couldn’t stand up on the road and the sleet was hitting you like needles in the face. It was a terrible night.”
The collision involving a tractor trailer and a van towing a utility trailer occurred at approximately 6:15 p.m. in the eastbound lane of Highway 104 approximately 18 kilometres west of the Cobequid Pass toll plaza.
Carroll said conditions began to worsen considerably as vehicles made the climb to the pass from Oxford and deteriorated very rapidly. He said there was poor visibility combined with blowing snow, rain and sleet.
“It was extremely icy,” Carroll said.
The eastbound lanes of the highway were closed for several hours while an RCMP traffic analyst investigated the crash.
It was after midnight before the highway re-opened.
Traffic was rerouted through the Wentworth Valley on Highway 4 via Exit 7.
Carroll said three others in the van were taken to Colchester Regional Hospital in Truro for treatment and released.
The identification of the child is not being released pending notification of next of kin, but Carroll said the van was from outside the Maritimes.
The driver of the truck was not injured.
Cumberland County RCMP, Westchester Fire Department, Emergency Health Services and Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal responded the collision.
The cause of the collision is under investigation, and a traffic analyst has been called to assist with the investigation.
A crash on Highway 104, east of Exit 8 in Cumberland County, has claimed the life of a young girl.
Cumberland County RCMP responded to a call at 6:15 p.m. on Monday involving a collision between a tractor-trailer and a van. Both vehicles were travelling eastbound. The van was towing a utility trailer.
“A sheet of ice over there,” Alain LeBlanc, RCMP media relations, said of road conditions at the time of the accident. “It’s pretty bad.”
One of the four occupants in the van, a six-year-old girl, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Three other people in the van were taken to the Colchester East Hants Health Centre with undetermined injuries. The driver of the truck was not injured.
Eastbound traffic is being diverted onto Trunk 4 at Exit 7.
A traffic analyst has been called to assist with the investigation. The cause of the collision is under investigation.
EHS, Westchester Fire Department and the department of transportation were also called to the scene.
“The roads are extremely slippery and we’re asking people to avoid the area,” LeBlanc said.