Driver hurt in tractor trailer crash near Mahone Bay

by Keith Corcoran

It took first responders more than an hour to free a driver from wrecked tractor trailer that overturned into the woods off Highway 103 near the Oakland exit February 11.

The man, believed to be in his 50s, was the lone occupant of the vehicle, which crashed around 8:15 p.m. at a time when road conditions in the region deteriorated with the winter weather.

Reports from the scene indicated the vehicle, not believed to be carrying hazardous goods, went down a 10-metre embankment, smashed into trees and flipped onto its roof.

Volunteer firefighters from multiple departments, including ones from Martins River, Western Shore, and Mahone Bay, worked to free the injured driver who couldn't get out on his own.

Paramedics transported the man to a Bridgewater hospital for further assessment and treatment. It's believed he sustained cuts to his head, bumps and bruises and a possible broken leg.

The incident prompted a temporary closure of Highway 103 between the Oakland and Chester Basin exits while emergency crews worked the scene and RCMP investigated.

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