Deadly weekend on N.S. highways

Two men were killed on Nova Scotia highways this past weekend.

Two men were killed on Nova Scotia highways this past weekend.

One of the crashes occurred near Lower Sackville on the Bedford bypass early on Saturday night.

A 27-year-old man went off Highway 101 on his motorcycle and crashed into the guardrail, said Halifax RCMP spokesman Sgt. Alan Mann.

Jeffrey Sheppard was rushed to hospital by paramedics and was pronounced dead.

Halifax RCMP are investigating the crash, which happened at about 6:20 p.m. Police say it’s not known whether speed or alcohol played a factor.

Earlier Saturday morning, a crash on Highway 104 claimed the life of a 26-year-old man.

Just after 7 a.m., a car was travelling towards Antigonish near New Glasgow when it left the road, destroying a sign and landing on its roof in a field on the other side of the highway.

The driver died at the scene and two passengers, a 26-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman, were taken to hospital with serious injuries. The cause of the accident is unknown.

The accident came just four days after another crash on Highway 104 killed two men.

Highway woes
• A provincial Environment Department official says an oil spill that occurred after a deadly highway crash on Highway 104 last week has been contained by booms.

• A tanker truck collided with a pickup truck on Wednesday, resulting in the deaths of both drivers.

• They have been identified as Ralph Michael Coady, 60, of Fraser’s Mountain, and Christopher Walsh, 37, of Smith’s Creek, N.B.

• Kim Bard, an inspector for the Environment Department, estimates about 70 people in total have been involved in the cleanup, which was to continue through the weekend.

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