According to the Nova Scotia RCMP, a 23-year-old man died in a five-car accident just outside of Halifax on Jan. 29. The multiple-vehicle accident occurred on Highway 101 near Ellershouse around 8:00 a.m.
Investigators believe a truck driver operating a Nova Scotia Power truck slammed into the back of one vehicle. In turn, that vehicle, then struck the back of the car in front of it. The second car was crushed between the first car and the back end of another large truck.
In addition to the man who died, four other people were reportedly injured in the wreck, requiring transfer to the hospital for treatment of injuries deemed minor. The fatal collision resulted in the closure of Highway 101 inbound to Halifax between exits 3 and 4. The RCMP was still investigating the cause of the collision at the time of theÂ report. Nova Scotia Power indicated that the driver of the truck is an employee of a company that contracts with Nova Scotia Power to deliver their trucks to other locations.
When a person is killed in a truck accident, his or her family will often be left dealing with grief over their loss as well as significant losses and unexpected expenses. Through filing a wrongful death civil lawsuit, families may be able to recover damages designed to compensate them for their losses. Available damages may include funeral and burial expenses, medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of companionship and property losses, among others. Families may thus want to speak with a personal injury lawyer who is experienced with truck accident cases. The truck driver’s employer may also be held to be civilly liable in the event the truck driver was working at the time he or she caused the resulting accident.
Source: CBC Nova Scotia, “Highway 101 crash near Ellershouse claims 23-year-old’s life,” CBC News, Jan. 29, 2015