Salt truck crashes into house in Trenton

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UPDATE – TRENTON – 2 P.M. – The truck has been removed from the house and the investigation into the incident continues.


TRENTON – No one was injured when a salt truck struck a home on Chestnut Street in Trenton Wednesday morning.

The driver of the salt truck was coming down the hill towards 50 Chestnut St. when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the front entryway of the home.

The home is owned by Carol and Robert Doucette. Carol had just completed a backshift and was asleep in the rear bedroom when the truck crashed into the home.

The home is badly damaged. It is off its foundation on one side and the ceiling is collapsing in the living room, the location where the plow came to a stop. 

Nova Scotia Power is on the scene to unhook the power.


Geographic location: Trenton, Chesnut Street

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  • Bgbm
    February 02, 2016 - 03:32

    Too bad about your home, hope you wern't attached too much to it; cause now you'll get another one. Good

  • Former Trenton resident
    February 01, 2012 - 22:31

    Thanks Trenton plow drivers for all the hard work and dedication, I remember some of yas coming down my way and swiping the snow out of my driveway, which you were not required to do. I appreciate all you do... such an unfortunate accident and unavoidable as far as I'm concerned. To you who was driving, I do hope you are ok physically and emotionally. Try not to feel too bad...accidents happen. Wise people know it wasn't planned, that's why these things are called accidents. God bless you

  • Forsaken
    February 01, 2012 - 18:37

    Wow is all I can say for the most part, people with no knowledge of driving large vehicles need to keep their comments to them selves. I'm not saying that this wasn't driver error but when a large truck losses control all you can do is say a little prayer to whatever god you pray to and hope you can recover before you hit something and if you can recover you try to hit the softest thing you can. I drive a 35m truck that weights 72 000 lbs on some of the worst roads there are. I see people out there that can'r handle driving a small car on bad roads so please don't be so quick to put down people that drive for a living,

  • ann
    February 01, 2012 - 18:31

    i can't believe some comments i've read, IT WAS AN ACCIDENT, wait til the report is released before you judge, good drivers get into accidents too. YES, the roads in trenton are aweful in the winter time, no matter what you're driving.

  • Queenie
    February 01, 2012 - 18:10

    I have read all these comments and for some they are insulting and inappropriate in some statements . Shame on you Trentonions to jump without knowing all the facts. First of all you should be thankfull that the Bobby and Carol are still with us and the driver also, and he is able to tell what had taken place. Second let the investigation speak for itself people. Third the folks of Trenton should gather to help there neighbour anyway they can. They say when one falls down there is many hands to pick you up. Bobby and Carol may God Bless You.

  • Trevor
    February 01, 2012 - 17:49

    You people are really going off on this whole thing, you all need to relax!! This is not the first time a salt truck from Trenton has gone out of control. And by the looks of the picture, there is no skid marks across the driveway leading to the house. So that might have something to do with the brakes!!! But if there was something wrong with the brakes.....why would the person not try to drive it into the old playground area? Roads are bad....but the section where this happened, the roads are not that steep that the truck would go crazy out of control....yes the truck is heavy....was it full not full....did the driver panic....nobody knows!!! I'm glad that Carol was not hurt...thank god!!! Trenton should put there money in better equipment...the park...etc.....not on the Main Drag!!!

  • Froggie
    February 01, 2012 - 17:37

    Just thank God no one was hurt or killed, houses and trucks can be replaced, people can't.....a little word of advice to all the gossip people, clean the crap of your back door before you start trying to clean the crap of others.

  • Jennifer
    February 01, 2012 - 17:16

    I have had several scary slides in my average-sized car over the 14 years that I have been driving and know how hard it is to regain control of my vehicle. I can only imagine how much more difficult it is when driving one of these huge trucks! Thank heavens no one was hurt!

  • Chris Morton
    February 01, 2012 - 17:12

    I actually know the driver, and I want everyone to know that he is a great Individual, and a role model citizen not just of Trenton, but of the Greater Pictou County! This individual was not drunk, on drugs, and has extensive experience driving this type of equipment! I am glad that everyone is ok, and hopes that people would use better judgement and be less stupid than Bobby when deciding to make assumptions about things they know nothing about!

    February 01, 2012 - 17:10

    You all need help clearly for the fact that this wasnt on purpose nor does it need explaining .. REALLY PEOPLE? The brakes were gone in the truck as YOU ALL KNOW BECAUSE THE TRUCK IS SO FRIGGEN OLD and your all COMPLAINING OF HOW THE STREETS DONT GET PLOWED BECAUSE OF OLD TRUCKS/NOT ENOUGH TRUCKS... hypocrites (OH MY!!)

  • Trenton eyes
    February 01, 2012 - 17:04

    I believe you all see it wrong,this isn't a situation that was avoidable, this man was in danger as well.Everyday of everyones life ,is done to help others.And your not see it as he done something wrong.Every town has a salt/plow driver ,it happens in every town.Different circumstances,but accidents happen every day.

  • Rob
    February 01, 2012 - 16:42

    I've been a truck driver for a long time now and I know the streets of Trenton. For years I drove out west where it is mandatory for trucks to carry and use chains. There was a comment in here about this truck and the fact that it should have had chains. I agree with this statement but the simple fact is, due to the laws of the area, it is illegal for trucks to use chains on our roads and highways in the Maritimes. I feel extremely sorry for the people involved in this accident, but I have to say, I saw it coming. They are now trying road trains, (long combination vehicles), in the maritimes. Recently in Nova Scotia. With the laws the way they are, (trucks not allowed to use chains by law), how safe do you think this is? I've been driving trucks for years, in any condition you can think of, and I won't do it. It's a shame to say but it may take many more of this type of accident for the local Government to open its eyes and change this law.

      February 02, 2012 - 13:12

      Not really sure what chains are going to do in this situation. The new article in the paper states he may have lost his brakes. Everyone just needs to calm down and be glad these people were not hurt. I feel horrible for the poor driver, who likely feels incredibly more horrible about the whole thing. He was just doing his job. These guys work day and night, overtime etc to keep the roads plowed. Lets keep our assumptions to ourselves and I'm sure they will update everyone on what happened when they know.

  • westville
    February 01, 2012 - 14:55

    oh my , the town of treton really need to have a talk with maybe some of the drivers we were down that way one evening , and one passed us on the street and you would think he was driving on a the race way in Antigonish, we could not believe our eyes,

    • Other westville resident
      February 01, 2012 - 19:33

      westville drivers are not angels either, i mean im from westville and the first to defend however people who live in glass houses...... juss sayin

  • susan
    February 01, 2012 - 14:54

    my husband drives semi n when a semi or a big truck of any kind wants to go it will n usually theres no stopn it or controling it. being out on the hwy i know you see lots n you see alot worse then that its hard on the home owner but anything can go wrong at anytime no mater how much or offten there workd on

  • Enough is Enough
    February 01, 2012 - 14:13

    Enough is enough everyone! It blows my mind everytime there is a report of an aweful accident such as this and the way people trash talk. So many individuals jump to conclusions, point fingers and complain about something else they heard second and sometimes thrid hand. Wait until the invsetigation is done. I am sure no one means to lose control or hit a house. Accidents happen, that is what insurance is for, unpredictiable situations. Also to say someone was drunk or asleep is a huge assuption or that they weere not qualified to drive a truck. Think about the weight of a salt truck in general then add the weight of the salt and place it on an incline of any streetn in Trenton and see how long it takes to stop! Now think if anything malfuntions for example take away its break and break fluid, and see how you would turn off a narrow dead end street and see what happens? This type of situation is nearly unaviodable. So before you point blame, or jump on the ban wagon to point your finger calling foul think about the home owners distraught and worse the driver of that salt truck. How does he feel? I am sure a reck at the least, hurt, and wondering he has just hurt or taken a life trying to clean the roads for you people who are on her calling them down and complaining. Have some compassion for those involved. Funny how people do not mind joining the gossip circle. Just rememeber most public service men and women in all our towns and communities are not only every 8-4 workers they are the ones out in this aweful weather clearing the streets so you can get where you need to. They are also the ones who will sometimes stop the plow to help you when you are stuck when really all they have to do is go by you! SO before you trash talk snow removal staff and crews, think if it wasnt for them, you woudl have more to worry about then calling them drunk or asleep. They do not ask for much from us, and they certainly do not need anyone putting them down after an already stressful day. Please stop and have a little respect and compassion.

    • Well Said
      February 01, 2012 - 16:49

      well said.

  • Mary Lou
    February 01, 2012 - 14:04

    My guess is the roads were slippery and the person was trying to do their job. Anybody can lose control of a vehicle at any time...doesn't mean it was on purpose!! Dim whit comments

  • elaina
    February 01, 2012 - 13:43

    obviously the roads were completely ice, and have you ever seen the roads in trenton... some of them are almost strait up, like a 45 degree angle.

  • Penny
    February 01, 2012 - 13:23

    I noticed that nobody ask how the driver of the truck was? Just imagine how he feels knowing that he couldn't stop this and was about to hit someones house . He was probably praying to himself saying please don't let there be anyone in this house.

    • mary
      February 01, 2012 - 18:59

      In the Herald it said the drive was not injured

  • Kyo
    February 01, 2012 - 12:58

    That's no feather duster he's driven!

    • Angel
      February 01, 2012 - 14:21

      Kyo, I love you but you're an idiot lol

  • safety first
    February 01, 2012 - 12:53

    Dept of labour will check the log books, truck safety sheets, daily truck inspection sheets, etc. All maintenance records will be available for DoL to review. They will have all that info.

  • s
    February 01, 2012 - 12:45

    This is crazy and I think proofreading needs to be paid more attention too. They should have chains on their tires.

  • Good ol PC
    February 01, 2012 - 12:36

    Good work Holmes! I mean Bobby The mystery is solved, no need for an investigation. Shorter work days, random urine tests, and a yearly psychological evaluation to rule out those kamakaze salt truck drivers and this will never happen again.

  • Henry
    February 01, 2012 - 12:36

    That garage is too small for that truck.

  • Use your brains
    February 01, 2012 - 12:28

    Just a thought Bobby, but maybe if you ask yourself the question: "why was the salt truck out on the streets spreading salt ?" an obvious answer may present itself.

  • trenton resident
    February 01, 2012 - 12:20

    it was only a matter of time before this happened.who ever is driving this plow in this town sure does need to slow the hell down.i have witnessed the plow flying down the street i live on, and have often blessed my self in hoping it makes it past my house with out the same results as bob and carol.thank god no one in the house as well as the driver were not hurt.whole lot of answers to many questions.

  • trenton resident
    February 01, 2012 - 12:17

    Maybe something happened to the truck!!!!!!!

  • big guy
    February 01, 2012 - 12:16

    i would think the truck should have an extensive going over by some one from motor vehicle inspection branch. just saying!

  • Angela
    February 01, 2012 - 12:13

    Obviously it's very icy today if a salt truck crashes..Drive safe people!!

  • ryan
    February 01, 2012 - 12:08

    bobby - very easily when you consider how much weight is involved and going down a hill. These things don't stop on a dime and just one little error can cause you to loose control

  • Bobby
    February 01, 2012 - 11:21

    How does a truck this large crash into a house unless the driver was sleeping, drunk, or doing it on purpose?!!?

    • mary
      February 01, 2012 - 12:17

      wait till you hear the real story before you start condeming people..,doing it on purpose ???? come on

    • jake
      February 01, 2012 - 12:31

      accidents happen ,you think driving one of these trucks is easy ,go to truck driving school

    • Wow
      February 01, 2012 - 12:41

      It is my understanding that there was an issue with the braking system of the truck and the driver could not stop

    • Me
      February 01, 2012 - 14:45

      a truck this big isn't excluded from the 'could crash list' Bobby!!! A vehicle of any size can crash at any given time. Weather would be the reason for this was icy and the truck couldn't's a no brainer...big heavy trucks take longer to stop...he ran out of room.

    • Linda
      February 01, 2012 - 15:22

      Bobby, are you an IDIOT!!!!? No driver would crash his truck on purpose!!! Also, it is easier to crash when you are driving a truck "that large"!!! You must not drive, or are unaware that vehicles do have accidents.

    • ann
      February 01, 2012 - 18:39

      any vehicle on slippery roads and especially in trenton can crash at any time, how can you ASSUME that the person was drinking, fell asleep or did it on purpose, when you probably have no idea about the situation.

  • Trenton Resident
    February 01, 2012 - 11:19

    someone has some explaining to do

  • No surprise
    February 01, 2012 - 10:41

    Doesn't surprise me to say the least watched a plow go straight through Dickie st and Rose avenue stop sign then through Dickie st and Grandview ave (school zone) without touching the brakes .

  • Overthehill
    February 01, 2012 - 10:26

    Thanks be to God that noone was injured. But what a rude awakening.