All firefighters saw as they approached a fatal collision early yesterday morning in Thorburn was a wall of flames.

Diesel, which spilled across Highway 104 when a Ford Escort collided with a fully loaded logging truck, had ignited following the crash, creating a wall of fire between the two vehicles.

A call came in shortly after 5 a.m. to the Pictou RCMP detachment, alerting the police as well as firefighters from Thorburn, Plymouth and New Glasgow of the crash.

“All they saw was this blaze of fire,” said RCMP Sgt. Phil Oliver.

A 25-year-old Pictou County man died in the crash after the car he was driving hit the logging truck head-on. The deceased, whose name has not yet been released, had to be cut free from the Ford Escort using the Jaws of Life.

The car was headed towards Cape Breton when it veered over the centre lane and struck the logging truck going to New Glasgow.

The male operator of the logging truck was rescued from the cab and taken to hospital in New Glasgow for treatment of minor injuries. He was later released.

Traffic was detoured on Highway 104 between Exits 25 and 26 into yesterday evening as the scene was cleaned up.

Oliver said police still have no idea what caused the crash.

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