Nova Scotia

How icy are Nova Scotia's roads? Even salt trucks can't stay upright

Four salt trucks ended up on their side after slipping down icy roads in Trenton, N.S.

Four salt trucks ended up on their side after slipping down icy roads Friday morning

A salt truck tipped over at a main thoroughfare in Trenton, N.S., on Friday morning. (New Glasgow Police)

Driving conditions were so treacherous in Nova Scotia on Friday morning that even the salt trucks were slipping off the roads.

At 9:30 a.m. AT, a Trenton public works salt truck slid down a sloped, icy street and tipped over onto Main Street, spilling a large amount of salt into the intersection. Trenton is a small town 160 kilometres northeast of Halifax. 

Const. Ken MacDonald, a New Glasgow Police spokesperson, said the 59-year-old driver was not injured, and Main Street was closed for a few hours between High Street and Forge Street while the truck was being towed and the salt removed.

MacDonald acknowledged the irony. "No question about it," he said.

A second salt truck slid off Highway 2 into the ditch near Great Village, a rural community 130 kilometres north of Halifax, around 8 a.m., and a third truck slipped off South Uniacke Road in Hants County. Those two trucks were pulled back onto the road and continued on their routes.

A fourth truck was damaged when it slid off South Rawdon Road in Hants County.

No injuries were reported in any of the incidents.

Freezing rain covered much of the province in ice on Friday morning, causing traffic tie-ups, fender benders and school closures. 

This salt truck with a plow slid off the road and into the ditch near Great Village, N.S. (Lisa George)
Road conditions across the province were treacherous due to freezing rain on Friday morning. (Lisa George)