Fatal crash claims life of man on Highway 104

A fatal crash on Nova Scotia Highway 104 Sunday morning claimed the life of a man in Pictou County.

Stretch of Highway 104 has reputation for bad crashes

A fatal crash on Nova Scotia Highway 104 Sunday morning claimed the life of a man in Pictou County.

RCMP were called to the scene of a single vehicle crash Sunday, just before 7 a.m. on the 104 at Exit 27 in Broadway. 

Police say it appears the man, who was the only person in the van, was heading eastbound when he lost control, crossed the highway and crashed into the westbound ditch. 

He died from his injuries.

Road has deadly reputation

The stretch of road where the man died has a dangerous reputation. A few weeks ago, a fire chief in Barneys River called for the province to twin the road to make it safer. 

Joe MacDonald has to respond to accidents on the untwinned portion of Highway 104 between Pictou County and Antigonish.

MacDonald says since 2009 there have been 65 accidents and nine fatalities — Sunday's fatality brings that number to 11.

In February, a crash claimed the life of a young Cape Breton teen who had just graduated high school and was planning to attend university.

MacDonald says he's not asking that the province immediately begin twinning the fatal section, but he wants them to develop a plan.

He says right now, the twinning of the road isn't even on the Department of Transportation’s five-year plan.

Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan says safety is a priority but called twinning the Cadillac version of making roads safer.

"I'm very aware of the traffic on Highway 104 as I go back and forth there every week," he wrote in an email to CBC in April.

"This type of work is very expensive and takes many years to plan and construct. Under the New Building Canada Plan, we will be having discussion with the federal government on potential projects, however, at this time it is not possible to put a timeline on further twinning on Highway 104."

Traffic on the westbound Highway 104 was down to one lane while a traffic analyst completed the investigation.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.