Rotary mishap injures van driver

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A mini-van was extensively damaged and the driver sustained minor injuries on Wednesday when he lost control of the vehicle and toppled a light standard he crashed into at the large Pictou roundabout.

Members of the RCMP and compliance officers and fire fighters were at the scene of the single-vehicle crash that occurred shortly before 11 a.m.

RCMP Cpl. Ron Bryce said the 87-year-old male driver and the vehicle’s lone occupant was in the small roundabout when he lost control, ran over a curb onto a grassy area near the visitor information centre and crossed over another curb before attempting to enter the large roundabout and striking the pole.  

The driver was taken by ambulance to hospital for examination.

“No charges are being laid at this point,” Bryce said.

He said the driver showed no signs of impairment but the continuing investigation will include possibly revoking his driver’s licence.  

Traffic leaving Pictou was delayed by the incident and investigation, while traffic from elsewhere was being directed past the scene at a slow pace.

RCMP and other services examine the scene of a single-vehicle on Wednesday at the large Pictou roundabout. (Goodwin photo)