Soldier from CFB Borden dies in two-vehicle collision
There have been two tragedies in as many days involving family members at CFB Borden, with the latest seeing a Canadian soldier die in a two-vehicle crash.
Master Cpl. David Anderson, 45, was driving through the intersection of 5th Line and Centre Street in Angus on Friday, at around 3:30 p.m.
Provincial police say the driver of a pickup truck ignored a stop sign and collided with Anderson’s SUV. The impact from the crash sent the SUV into a nearby ditch.
Anderson was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the pickup, a man in his mid-20s, was taken a local hospital and has since been released.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and coworkers of MCpl Dave Anderson during this very difficult time,” said Lt-Col. Jillian Bishop, commanding officer of 400 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, in a statement.
Anderson was an avionics systems technician with the 400 Tactical Helicopter Squadron and had served with the Canadian Armed Force for 18 years.
“The loss of one of our own is never easy and, as we enter the holiday season, it is especially difficult. 400 Tactical Helicopter Squadron is a very tight knit community, and we are committed in ensuring our airmen and airwomen are provided with support in this time of grief.”
OPP officers, along with members of CFB Borden are investigating. Police say charges are still pending.
This is the second death the base has seen this week. On Thursday, a child died after being struck by a vehicle.
Base commander Col. Carl Doyon says the victim was struck by a vehicle that was backing up in a residential area of the base at around 5 p.m. According to officials, the driver and the victim’s family are members of the military.
The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS), which handles serious incidents with the military, is now investigating. There is no word yet if charges will be laid.
“We really want to express our sympathy to all of these affected by the tragic accident,” Doyon says.