[Editor's note: this article appeared in the Oct. 18 edition of the Digby Courier. It describes an accident at the Joggin Bridge construction site in mid-September. The Courier published a story and photos from an accident on Oct. 9. A fourth documented accident happened on the east side of the bridge on Friday night, Oct. 26.]
Jacy Kay Lewis of Belliveau Cove says the quick action of a friend limited the damage from a collision at the Joggin Bridge.
Lewis was travelling with a group of friends in four antique cars to a car show in Bridgetown on Sunday morning, Sept. 16.
They stopped at the lights on the Digby side of the construction zone: a Mustang in front, Lewis in one Corvette, another Corvette behind her and finally a 1967 Ford Cobra.
A Jeep came to a full stop behind the Cobra.
“Next thing we heard screeching tires and a crash,” says Lewis.
A van had hit the Jeep and the Jeep had hit the Cobra.
The Corvette behind Lewis pulled onto the shoulder to avoid being the next one hit.
“He thought he would be safe on the shoulder,” says Lewis. “But then he looked in his mirror, saw the van (still coming on the shoulder) and floored it.
“Luckily the lights were still red and he had enough room to sneak his car out between the first vehicle in the line up and the abutment of the lighting structure.”
The driver of the Corvette pulled over on the shoulder after the lights just before the bridge. The van stopped in front of him on the shoulder before the bridge.
Lewis says there were only minor injuries in the collision and no one went to hospital. The Jeep and Cobra suffered extensive damages.
“If not for the swift thinking of the driver of the Corvette the entire line of cars would have suffered a chain reaction,” says Lewis.