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

Published on February 7, 2014

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.