Police say slippery roads are the main factor behind a two-vehicle crash on Wednesday night that claimed the life of a five-year-old boy.
Halifax RCMP say at about 7 p.m., a crash between a truck and van happened at Timberlea Village Parkway and Brunello Boulevard.
Police say a full-size pick up driven by a 34-year-old Halifax man hit an oncoming van driven by a man that was carrying his two sons, aged eight and five.
“The truck was driving on Timberlea Parkway, hit the shoulder of the road and the driver tried to bring the vehicle back on the road,” said Halifax RCMP Sgt. Mike Lidstone. “When he did he lost control on the ice and hit the van.”
The five-year-old and eight-year-old were both buckled in the back of the van in booster seats, Lidstone said.
“He was taken by ambulance to hospital,” Lidstone said of the five-year-old, who was rushed to the IWK Health Centre. “He was pronounced dead upon arrival.”
The eight-year-old suffered non-life threatening injuries and the father wasn’t injured. The driver of the truck was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
Lidstone said a group of four co-workers were also in the truck but escaped injury.
A collision re-constructionist team was on scene Wednesday night and Timberlea Village Parkway was closed in both directions for several hours.
Lidstone said slippery conditions were the main cause of the crash as roads were icy due to the frigid temperatures and recent snowfall. — Metro Halifax