Man, 81, dead after highway collision in Antigonish County

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This file image shows an RCMP patch on an officer's sleeve. Nova Scotia RCMP are investigating a fatal collision that happened on Highway 104 on Wednesday morning. (CBC - image credit)
This file image shows an RCMP patch on an officer's sleeve. Nova Scotia RCMP are investigating a fatal collision that happened on Highway 104 on Wednesday morning. (CBC - image credit)

An 81-year-old man is dead, and several more people injured, after a multi-car collision in a construction zone on Highway 104 near Linwood, N.S., on Wednesday.

Police responded to the scene in Antigonish County around 9:45 a.m. and found traffic had backed up to a stop due to ongoing highway twinning.

A grey station wagon was approaching the stopped traffic and did not slow down, according to police. That resulted in a chain reaction that saw three vehicles struck from behind.

The driver of the grey station wagon, an 81-year-old man from Inverness County, suffered serious injuries and died in the ambulance en route to the hospital.

Seven people injured

The passenger of the station wagon was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

The first vehicle to be struck was a white SUV. Both the driver and passenger suffered minor injuries.

The white SUV was pushed forward into a black car. The driver suffered minor injuries and the passenger was taken to hospital with serious injuries, the release said.

The black car was pushed forward into a grey car. Both the driver and passenger suffered minor injuries.

All four vehicles were seriously damaged.

"Speed is believed to be a factor but there could be other factors," said RCMP Cpl. Chris Marshall.

The investigation is ongoing.

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