Put up your dukes


RCMP of­fi­cer Cpl. Dal Hutchin­son couldn’t help but think this was a ‘Dukes of Haz­zard’ episode gone ter­ri­bly wrong and he wasn’t the only one after this Charger got hung up.


Cpl. Dal Hutchin­son couldn’t help but think this was a Dukes of Haz­zard episode gone ter­ri­bly wrong.

He’s not the only one. Var­i­ous im­ages of an or­ange 1969 Dodge Charger — the model that’s syn­ony­mous with the yesteryear hit tele­vi­sion show — sit­ting crum­pled against a rocky em­bank­ment on High­way 102, are quickly mak­ing the rounds on so­cial me­dia.

“I’m just look­ing at the pic­tures on so­cial me­dia and I’ve seen sev­eral peo­ple shar­ing the pho­tos and that’s what I’m think­ing,” said Hutchin­son, spokesman for the Halifax District RCMP. “Dukes of Haz­zard. Hav­ing grown up watch­ing that show it’s the first thing that I thought.

“One of the things we’ll be look­ing at will be what was the speed, was there me­chan­i­cal issues with the ve­hi­cle? Those are ques­tions I raise in my own head.”

Hutchin­son said that at about 2:40 p.m. on Mon­day, Halifax RCMP of­fi­cers re­sponded to a sin­gle-car ac­ci­dent that oc­curred near Exit 5a, near Dol­lar Lake Pro­vin­cial Park.

He said the ve­hi­cle left the high­way and came to rest on the rock em­bank­ment at the off-ramp.

The 45-year-old male driver was trans­ported to hos­pi­tal with

non-life-threat­en­ing in­juries.

Hutchin­son said im­paired driv­ing hasn’t been ruled out.

“That’s some­thing that our mem­bers will be look­ing at as part of our in­ves­ti­ga­tion, but given that the man was trans­ported to hos­pi­tal, that’s pro­long­ing our abil­ity to de­ter­mine whether al­co­hol was a con­tribut­ing fac­tor. It’s def­i­nitely some­thing we’re go­ing to be look­ing at, but I can’t con­firm if charges have been laid.

“In any col­li­sion, we’re for­tu­nate if there are no in­juries in­volved, def­i­nitely so in this case. It sounds like non-life-threat­en­ing in­juries. Very for­tu­nate.”

Sev­eral ques­tions re­mained unan­swered.

“How does a ve­hi­cle end up in a lo­ca­tion like that? Those are all the things we’re go­ing to look at.

It’s re­ceived some dam­age, that’s for sure. It’s def­i­nitely a car that catches your eye if you see it on the high­way.”

Bob Martin was on his way to Truro when he en­coun­tered the wreck­age. It’s a me­mory he’d like to for­get, given his fond­ness for vin­tage cars. He re­built a 1953 GMC truck re­cently.

“I felt sick to my stom­ach all the way up to Truro,” said Martin. “I was like, ‘Oh, man.’ I just felt re­ally bad for the guy.”

Martin said he be­lieves the car’s owner pur­chased the ve­hi­cle in Texas and show­cased it in car shows around the prov­ince.

“They’re dif­fi­cult to find, es­pe­cially in the shape that car was in. It was in re­ally good shape. But the most im­por­tant thing is he’s OK.”

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Po­lice were called to the crash of a car made to look like the Gen­eral Lee on High­way 102 on Mon­day.

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