Driver in Salmon Cove crash suffered heart attack
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.