RCMP report one fatality in collision near Clarenville

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Clarenville accident.

RCMP in Clarenville have confirmed the two vehicle collision between a sedan and a tractor trailer has resulted in the death of a female passenger in the car.

Both the driver of the car and the tractor trailer have been taken to local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

At this time RCMP are not releasing any information on any of the individuals involved. Traffic Services officers are also on scene.

Traffic on the Trans-Canada Highway remains open, with Manitoba Drive traffic being diverted to Memorial Drive for those needing access to the TCH.

Police also report the speed limit in the area of the accident will be reduced to 50 km/h with temporary signs going in place shortly. Investigators expect to be in the area for up to four hours.

Earlier version below

Clarenville RCMP are reporting a multiple-vehicle collision involving a tractor-trailer at the west intersection into the community on the Trans-Canada Highway.  

Ambulance and fire crews have been dispatched.  

There is no information on any injuries at this time.  

Traffic on the TCH is open but police are asking the public to slow down going through the area.

Access to the TCH is being rerouted to Memorial Drive. 

Clarenville RCMP will provide further details as they become available.

Organizations: Trans-Canada Highway

Geographic location: Clarenville

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  • Bob Hodsder
    October 19, 2012 - 09:22

    N o you do not need a overpass here. people have to watch what they are doing. LOOK LISTEN STOP IF YOU HAVE TOO . people today are in rush they expect the other driver to watch out for them . we do not want our highways clutterd with concrate . when i'am driving i love the see the beauty of the country. plesse stay alive obey the law & everthing will be OK;'

  • George Smith
    May 10, 2012 - 20:55

    Got to agree with the writer that commented on the need for an overpass here. There is one at Sunnyside/Come-By-Chance, but neither one at Goobies or either Clarenville intersection especially the Manitoba Drive one. Does not make sense given the volume of local and Bonavista Peninsula traffic that use the Manitoba Drive intersection.

  • Max
    May 10, 2012 - 18:24

    I have to agree with Graham's post earlier, an overpass is definitely needed at this location. Indeed an overpass should be provided at any community access along the Trans Canada. Another Newfoundlander lost to save the almighty Dollar. This and many other such accidents all totally avoidable, by building the highway to the highest possible standards and providing proper access and egress..

  • Marie
    May 10, 2012 - 15:44

    There should be more knowledge available to the public on how to share the road safely with tractor trailers. The heavier a truck is, the more room they need to slow down or stop. I'm not implying that this was the case with this incident, but it wouldn't hurt. My thoughts are with everyone involved in this horrific event.

  • Aub
    May 10, 2012 - 13:56

    You may drop the speed limit to 20kph and someone will do something to cause an accident. Speed does not cause accidents---- people do.

  • Graham
    May 10, 2012 - 13:30

    Now...can anyone see the nedd for an overpass at this location before more lives are lost. Surely if the town of Sunnyside needs one Clarenville shold be on someones list of important things to do. We need an OVERPASS at the intersection of Manitoba Drive and the Trans Canada Highway and we need it NOW.

  • CSI
    May 10, 2012 - 11:03

    Based solely on the photo, it appears that from the damage on the passenger side and the location of the car that this was a case of the car turning into Clarenville from the East bound lane and got struck by the truck heading West. Without knowing further details we cannot assume that the truck nor car was speeding. If a truck of that nature makes that type of contact even at 70kph could very well cause a fatality to the passenger. And aside from that, 98% of people drive 5-10kph over posted limits, on any street. So far I'm of the opinion that the car possibly attempted to make a quick turn left while assuming he/she had the time but obviously didn't. Poeple will be quick to jump all over the truck driver.

    • observer
      May 10, 2012 - 11:29

      These exits onto the TCH are death traps and I've seen people do the stupidest things when re-entering the highway or making left turns into them, particularly at the Clarenville and Gander turnoffs. Don't blame the truck driver. These guys are the best drivers on the road. People are always in such a hurry! Wait your turn when you have to and cut out the speeding on Newfoundland roads and highways.

  • K Driver
    May 10, 2012 - 10:41

    Obviously in the new 70 km section. And let me guess, no one had slowed down for it. Especially not the tractor trailer.