Wednesday, August 29, 2007
New Brunswicker Highway worker killed!!!!
Transport driver says he didn't see road crew before fatal accident
Last Updated: Wednesday, August 29, 2007 | 9:56 AM AT
Police and government are still looking for answers after a 63-year-old man from the Shediac, N.B., area died Tuesday morning, struck by a tractor-trailer on the Trans-Canada Highway near Magnetic Hill Tuesday morning.
Richard (Butch) Gallant was killed instantly when an 18-wheeler plowed into the work crew he was with and its mobile sign at about 10 a.m. Tuesday. The workers were preparing to start road repairs near the Gorge Road exit.
RCMP Sgt. Maurice Comeau said three other members of the work crew were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
Comeau said police are trying to figure out why the driver, headed from Nova Scotia, drove past all the warning signs, appearing not to heed them.
"We're interviewing [the driver] as part of the investigation. We're still investigating. It'll be a while before we know what happened, but it appears he didn't see the workers on the road," said Comeau.
Minister of Transportation Denis Landry says he also wants to know what happened.
He says work crews are trained to protect themselves from motorists.
"I think if there's something to be reviewed we'll do so," Landry said. "There's always [possible] improvement everywhere but I think we're going in the right path as far as the security of the workers on the road."
Landry adds the province has started looking at the idea of doubling fines for people speeding in construction or school zones.