UPDATED: Steve Roe and the impact of a Highway 101 U-turn

Published on March 16, 2017

Here's what one of the vehilces involved in the March 4 U-turn collision near Mount Denson looked like afterward.


MOUNT DENSON NS – “I thought I was a good driver,” says Steve Roe. “I thought I could make up for the other people.”

Fate had another notion and on March 4, Roe was involved in a collision with a driver making an illegal U-turn on Highway 101.

As the director of the pit band and piano player for The School of Rock production at King's-Edgehill School, he was en route to a matinee after lunch with his family in Wolfville.

Twenty years of driving experience, the young father says, did not prepare him to avoid a driver using an emergency vehicle access lane between the divided highways.

Roe tried to change lanes when he spotted the driver.

“He cut me off. I had no where to go,” Roe recalled. The driver door on his vehicle was impacted and Roe’s left hand was broken in three places. He suffered bruised ribs and scrapes.

“I was lucky to have lived,” he says. Then Roe adds, “it was fortunate my children weren’t in the car.”

The other driver had to be cut out of the roof of his vehicle. The performances at King’s-Edgehill had to be cancelled. They have been rescheduled for late April when Roe is hoping to have regained the use of his hand.

He got out of his vehicle swiftly because it was smoking.

Then a helpful woman stopped with a cell phone. Within five or 10 minutes, Roe said, a handful of people were with him reassuring and comforting him.

Before long he was draped in five blankets for warmth. Someone took a diaper out of the box in his car and wound it around his neck to immobilize it in case of whiplash.

“They were all good Samaritans,” Roe said.

“I am very grateful for their kindness and support and that extends to the paramedics and hospital staff of the Hants hospital.”

While still in some pain and discomfort, Roe can now joke, “I really must work on playing more with my feet. Stay safe and, for the love of Pete, no U-turns.”

Windsor District RCMP are still investigating the collision, but the other driver remains in hospital.

One of his family members, who asked not to be named, called the collision unfortunate. She said it is going to have a lasting impact on two families, so the effect will trickle down.

"I would caution everyone to be aware of the signs around you and be aware of the impact your action could have."

Acting Sgt. Mike Hynes, who serves with the traffic unit, says in four and a half years he’s never heard of a collision caused by the improper use of an emergency vehicle access.

“They’re meant for snow plows, ambulances and police vehicles,” Hynes pointed out.