Nova Scotia

Car bursts into flames after crash in Lunenburg County

Three people were rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries after a car collided with a pickup truck along Highway 103 in Lunenburg County early Friday morning.

Three men are fighting for their lives in hospital after a fiery crash on Nova Scotia's South Shore early Friday morning.

A car collided with a pickup truck on Highway 324 at the overpass of Exit 11 on Highway 103, police said.

It burst into flames and was fully engulfed by the time officers arrived at the scene near Blockhouse.

"I [saw] the fire on the front of the car the size of a bread box, just a loaf of bread, and it just kept getting bigger and bigger," said witness Dale Ernst.

A passing motorist was able to pull the two men out of the car

"They just got them too, and, boy, she really went up," said Ernst.

The car ended up on one side of the overpass and the truck ended up on the other. It hit a sign so hard it ripped it from its concrete base.

The truck didn't catch fire, but it was heavily damaged.

Pickup truck driver airlifted to hospital

The 48-year-old driver of the pickup truck was airlifted to a Halifax hospital. The driver in the car, a 27-year-old man, was taken by ambulance.

The third man, the 46-year-old passenger in the car, remains at the South Shore Regional Hospital.

Jimmy Kaulback arrived at the scene shortly after the collision happened. He said it's a busy spot during the day.

"Very dangerous, a lot of accidents here," he said.

Police said they had to shut down parts of Highway 324 to investigate.

"We brought in a traffic analyst and we're going to put those pieces together," said RCMP Cpl. Scott MacRae. "Everything's on the table. We have to look at all aspects of what could cause the collision, including alcohol."