Accident in Paradise delays morning traffic

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The morning commute to work took a little longer than usual for drivers passing near the Topsail Road-Karwood Drive intersection in Paradise this morning, after a single-vehicle accident halted traffic.
The accident was reported to police at 8:02 a.m. Paramedics and firefighters also responded to the scene.
The single-vehicle was found to have left the road and struck a light pole near the intersection.
"The female driver was transported to hospital with injuries that are not believed to be serious," said Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Const. Paul Davis.
There was a buildup of water on the roadway and "road conditions at the time are believed to be a factor in the accident," said Davis.
Traffic was held up for approximately 10 minutes in both directions while the driver was extracted from the vehicle and sent to hospital, Davis said.
The road was then opened to one lane, for another 20 minutes to 30 minutes before being completely cleared.

Organizations: Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Const.

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  • Matt
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    Hydro-planing is unlikely at the speed limit posted for Topsail Road.

  • Reggie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    Hydro planeing is rampant on Newfoundland roads. Personally having lived in Ontario for over 30 years, I've noticed that the slope on NL roads tends to go towards the center of the road and not the outer edge. Water pools instead of running off. Then there is the ruts in the roads that cause water to build up. Overall, roads not in good shape. And of course you also have the speed factor.. so all in all lots of reasons that can change and prevent this from happening as often as it does.

  • William
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    There are other reaons that may come into play, talking on cell or texting, putting on makeup. But I do kope the driver is doing ok.

  • Stan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    Matt from NL writes: Hydro-planing is unlikely at the speed limit posted for Topsail Road. The operative word being -POSTED. i'm not saying anything about the accident untill there are more facts, but - even though i have conflicting views on female drivers - i don't think they should have mentioned yet that it was a female because the accident still might have been unavoidable as far as we know now.

  • tom
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    check her cellphone and you will find out why

  • E
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    Stan - What does being a female have to do with an accident being avoidable? Are you saying only males have unavoidable accidents?? I am not blasting you and I may be reading it wrong but I don't get where you are coming from...also, here are some statistics for you that just might make you a little less critical of women drivers.
    Almost three-quarters (71%) of the people who died in accidents in 2008 were male.
    Regardless of age group, males consistently had higher death rates from a motor vehicle accident than did females.

    Young men aged 15 to 24 were particularly at risk, with a rate of 22.8 deaths per 100,000, compared with 8.8 deaths per 100,000 among women of the same age.

    Also, my personal views are it is MEN I see EVERYDAY on my drive to and from work that run red lights, change lanes without warning or much room, and charge up the a$$hole lane at the stop lights on Thorburn Road and cut people off to get ahead of traffic. Waiting an extra minute at a red light instead of beating your chest and going for it just may save a life someday. I am not saying there aren't stupid women drivers out there too - I've come across my fair share - I'm just saying if we are going to compare men and women drivers, put the blame where blame is due...and don't put more on the women than we deserve and less on the men than they deserve.

  • Donny
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    There was motorcyle 'accident' on the Torbay Road south ramp off the Outer Ring Road a few days ago. It was perfectly dry but the older gentleman tried to take the 40kph ramp at high speed and didn't make it. The 6 ft skid mark is still on the turn. Too may 'Evil Kenewfies' out there. If you are going to try these dare devil stunts while ignoring the posted ramp speeds you should at least wear a full faced helmet!

  • WHAT!!!!!
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    Older gentleman, Wait till I tell him you said that.Motorcycle accident, Your assuming speed was the cause, It;s time Mr Dooley you got A life and stopped assuming anything.

  • LL
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    Mr. Stan Darsh said even though i have conflicting views on female drivers...

    I am speechless that such ignorant views still exist.

    The accident did not happen because the driver was male or female. A male or female can both speed, use a cell phone, or be distracted.

    I only wish my daughters were growing up in a more liberal world.

  • Matt
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    Hydro-planing is unlikely at the speed limit posted for Topsail Road.

  • Reggie
    July 01, 2010 - 20:18

    Hydro planeing is rampant on Newfoundland roads. Personally having lived in Ontario for over 30 years, I've noticed that the slope on NL roads tends to go towards the center of the road and not the outer edge. Water pools instead of running off. Then there is the ruts in the roads that cause water to build up. Overall, roads not in good shape. And of course you also have the speed factor.. so all in all lots of reasons that can change and prevent this from happening as often as it does.

  • William
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    There are other reaons that may come into play, talking on cell or texting, putting on makeup. But I do kope the driver is doing ok.

  • Stan
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    Matt from NL writes: Hydro-planing is unlikely at the speed limit posted for Topsail Road. The operative word being -POSTED. i'm not saying anything about the accident untill there are more facts, but - even though i have conflicting views on female drivers - i don't think they should have mentioned yet that it was a female because the accident still might have been unavoidable as far as we know now.

  • tom
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    check her cellphone and you will find out why

  • E
    July 01, 2010 - 19:56

    Stan - What does being a female have to do with an accident being avoidable? Are you saying only males have unavoidable accidents?? I am not blasting you and I may be reading it wrong but I don't get where you are coming from...also, here are some statistics for you that just might make you a little less critical of women drivers.
    Almost three-quarters (71%) of the people who died in accidents in 2008 were male.
    Regardless of age group, males consistently had higher death rates from a motor vehicle accident than did females.

    Young men aged 15 to 24 were particularly at risk, with a rate of 22.8 deaths per 100,000, compared with 8.8 deaths per 100,000 among women of the same age.

    Also, my personal views are it is MEN I see EVERYDAY on my drive to and from work that run red lights, change lanes without warning or much room, and charge up the a$$hole lane at the stop lights on Thorburn Road and cut people off to get ahead of traffic. Waiting an extra minute at a red light instead of beating your chest and going for it just may save a life someday. I am not saying there aren't stupid women drivers out there too - I've come across my fair share - I'm just saying if we are going to compare men and women drivers, put the blame where blame is due...and don't put more on the women than we deserve and less on the men than they deserve.

  • Donny
    July 01, 2010 - 19:55

    There was motorcyle 'accident' on the Torbay Road south ramp off the Outer Ring Road a few days ago. It was perfectly dry but the older gentleman tried to take the 40kph ramp at high speed and didn't make it. The 6 ft skid mark is still on the turn. Too may 'Evil Kenewfies' out there. If you are going to try these dare devil stunts while ignoring the posted ramp speeds you should at least wear a full faced helmet!

  • WHAT!!!!!
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    Older gentleman, Wait till I tell him you said that.Motorcycle accident, Your assuming speed was the cause, It;s time Mr Dooley you got A life and stopped assuming anything.

  • LL
    July 01, 2010 - 19:43

    Mr. Stan Darsh said even though i have conflicting views on female drivers...

    I am speechless that such ignorant views still exist.

    The accident did not happen because the driver was male or female. A male or female can both speed, use a cell phone, or be distracted.

    I only wish my daughters were growing up in a more liberal world.