Detached tractor trailer causes freak accident, killing minivan driver in Halifax

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Metro Halifax

One man is dead after a trailer became detached from an 18-wheeler and slammed into the front of a van on Barrington Street under the MacKay Bridge.

“The trailer crossed the centre line and collided head-on with the a minivan driven by a 40-something-year-old man,” said Halifax police spokesman Pierre Bourdages.

“What we don’t know is how it happened.”

The crash took place shortly after 7:30 Friday morning.

Forensic investigators and collision analysts are on the scene, as well as representatives from the department of transportation and the medical examiner’s office, said Bourdages.

Traffic is expected to remain closed on this section of the road for hours.

 

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  • Ron
    February 07, 2014 - 21:31

    I'm surprise it doesn't happen more frequently, I try to warn about and repair kingpin wear but some Halifax companies and inspectors turn a blind eye to kingpin wear, unforgivable, it takes me less than an hour to fix the wear, squareness and length of trailer kingpin and cost peanuts, I would not be surprise if the length of the kingpin is too short on that chassis and caused a false pin up

  • Ron Melancon
    February 07, 2014 - 15:55

    Go to dangeroustrailers.org and wake up. NO NATIONAL SAFETY STANDARDS FOR THE HITCH PIN