Driver in Salmon Cove crash suf­fered heart at­tack

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH -

Med­i­cal of­fi­cials have con­firmed that the driver of a van that crashed in Salmon Cove dur­ing the early morn­ing hours of June 13 suf­fered a fa­tal heart at­tack prior to the ac­ci­dent.

The sin­gle ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent oc­curred at about 4 a.m. on a wind­ing stretch of high­way through the Con­cep­tion Bay North com­mu­nity, near Big Pond.

There are a num­ber of pri­vate dwellings along the road.

The driver, a 59-year-old male res­i­dent of Heart’s De­sire, was pro­nounced dead at the scene. His wife and his wife’s daugh­ter were also in the ve­hi­cle, and were taken to Car­bon­ear Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal with in­juries that were not con­sid­ered life-threat­en­ing.

The ac­ci­dent oc­curred on a slight bend in Route 70. There was no ev­i­dence the driver at­tempted any cor­rec­tive mea­sures to keep the ve­hi­cle on the road.

The van passed be­tween two large trees and a util­ity pole, which likely pre­vented more se­ri­ous in­juries to the other oc­cu­pants.

RCMP Cpl. Brent Hil­lier said based on in­ter­views with the other oc­cu­pants of the ve­hi­cle, it was ob­vi­ous the man ex­pe­ri­enced a trau­matic med­i­cal event.

A post­mortem ex­am­i­na­tion con­firmed the man died of nat­u­ral causes.

“ There was no trauma and he was still wear­ing his seat­belt,” the of­fi­cer stated.

Hil­lier added that speed was not a fac­tor.

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