Pedestrian struck and killed by transport truck in Halifax
Published Monday, July 22, 2019 10:20AM ADT
Last Updated Monday, July 22, 2019 9:56PM ADT
A Halifax woman was struck and killed by a transport truck while crossing the street in an area where some pedestrians have been calling for the installation of crosswalks -- to prevent accidents like the one on Monday morning.
Police and emergency crews responded to the scene on Lady Hammond Road around 9:30 a.m.
Police confirm a 63-year-old Halifax woman was killed in the collision. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her name has not been released.
The truck was driven by a 53-year-old Dartmouth man.
Lady Hammond Road was closed to traffic between Commission Street and Kempt Road for several hours Monday. The road reopened around 1:45 p.m.
Police say the investigation is ongoing. There is no word on possible charges at this time.
"They can reconstruct, they can talk to witnesses, they do a complete investigation and they try to put all the pieces of the puzzle together," said Halifax Regional Police spokeswoman Const. Amy Edwards.
Firefighters, police and paramedics were called to the scene.
"Any incident that we go to of this magnitude and severity, it's going to have a lot of different agencies from outside, not just police," Edwards said. "We're going to have fire, we're going to have all kinds of different things, so it's a complex investigation, which is why they take time."
For some, the accident was one that seemed almost inevitable.
"It's like playing a game of Frogger, but there's no second chances," said Samantha White.
White walks and uses public transit to get around.
Last month, she posted on a Facebook group calling for safer streets for pedestrians in Halifax.
She says crossing Lady Hammond Road is difficult -- and potentially scary -- for pedestrians.
"There's a turn there," White said. "Vehicles take it too quickly. They won't see you or, if it's a big tractor-trailer, you never know. It's an incredibly busy road. There are cars going down it constantly at all hours of the day."
White would like to see a marked crosswalk installed on the road and says she hopes city officials are listening.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Emily Baron Cadloff.