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Truck driver slams into toll booths

A truck took out two toll booths on the MacKay Bridge early yesterday morning.

A truck took out two toll booths on the MacKay Bridge early yesterday morning.

The crash happened just after 1:30 a.m. and a 52-year-old man was pulled from the wreck by firefighters and paramedics. He was rushed to the hospital with what appeared to be life-threatening injuries.

“There was extensive damage done to the vehicle so we’re looking at whether alcohol and/or speed played a factor in the crash,” said Theresa Rath, spokeswoman for Halifax Regional Police.

The pickup truck was heading to Halifax when it crashed. The bridge was closed to all Halifax-bound traffic until the debris was cleared by 7 a.m.

It took out lanes 12 and 13 — which were vacant — but there was someone working in the next lane at the time. No one, besides the driver, was injured.

Alison MacDonald, with the Bridge Commission, said as far as traffic tie-ups go, the timing of the accident wasn’t so bad.

“We’re not seeing the rush hours we would see normally.”

 
 
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