Campground Owner Dies in Vehicle Crash

May 11, 2012 by   - () 4 Comments

A 52-year-old campground owner and longtime board of health member was killed and his son was seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash near Rutland, Mass., early Thursday (May 10), according to police.

Police said the passenger in the 2009 Toyota truck, Nathan C. Locke of River Road, who for many years ran the Pout and Trout Campground, was pronounced dead at UMass Memorial Medical Center — University Campus in Worcester, where he and the driver were taken by ambulance following the 1 a.m. crash., the Worchester Telegram & Gazette reported

The driver, Harrison J. Locke, 23, of River Road, was listed in serious condition at the hospital yesterday, according to police.

The two men were in the pickup truck when it passed another vehicle on a straight stretch of the road, Police Chief Donald Haapakoski said. When the vehicle that had been passed came upon the pickup again — after coming around a curve in the road — the truck was in the middle of the road with heavy front-end damage. Chief Haapakoski said. It was facing southbound. Both men had to be extricated from the vehicle by the Fire Department’s rescue personnel.

Fire and ambulance crews from both Rutland and Holden responded to the accident, as well as state police crime scene services and accident reconstruction teams.

The cause of the accident remained under investigation yesterday.

Board of Health member Scott Gilroy said last night Locke’s death is a shock to the community. He said he grew up going to the Locke’s campground, which was started by Locke’s parents and grandfather in 1973. Locke eventually took over operation of the campground.

Gilroy said that when he moved to town 15 years ago,  Locke, in part, persuaded him to get on the board.

Gilroy said Locke was in the early stages of a battle with multiple sclerosis, and had suffered serious injuries several years ago when a tree fell on him and pinned him to a rock.

But throughout it all, he never lost his sense of humor, Gilroy said.

“He definitely was very funny,” Gilroy said. “He was always cracking jokes. He was never a serious person.”

Locke leaves behind his wife, Ruth, his son and two daughters.

He said Locke had planned on having his son take over much of the operation of the campground, and said the Pout and Trout busy season kicks off this Mother’s Day weekend.



4 Responses to “Campground Owner Dies in Vehicle Crash”

  1. Ruth Locke on June 4th, 2012 1:32 pm

    I feel the need to correct a statement made here. Mr. Nathan Locke was not divorced. He left behind his wife, Ruth Locke. I have received many disturbing calls regarding this incorrect statement. He was also battling multiple sclerosis since 1999. We battled that together, along with many other illnesses and injuries. This correction was needed as an incorrect statement was made and caused much confusion with our very close friends. Thank you.

  2. Steve Bibler on June 4th, 2012 1:35 pm

    We apologize for the error. A correction is being made.

  3. Ruth Locke on June 5th, 2012 9:23 am

    Thank you kindly for the correction. I appreciate your concern in this matter. I’m not angry as you only printed what you were told. It’s just that many of our mutual friends have called and added to my sorrow when I”ve had to explain that it was an error. We battled many illnesses and serious injuries together and to have him taken this way is very hard to accept. It was a preventable incident. Thank you again for being so kind

    Ruth Locke, wife.

  4. Ruth Locke on June 5th, 2012 9:27 am

    …. he also left behind two stepsons, William and Michael DelGiudice of Lunenburg, whom he loved very much. Also a stepdaugher in law, Stephanie Delgiudice of Lunenburg and a granddaugher, Haley DelGiudice of Lunenburg. I’m not sure why this information was not given, but it hurt a lot of people. Again, not your fault. You only printed what you were told. Your informant was very incorrect in a lot of things. Thank you