Campground Owner Dies in Vehicle Crash
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.