St. John’s Regional Fire Department firefighters from the Mount Pearl fire station had to use the Jaws-of-Life to cut the roof off of this Chrysler 300 car to free the lone female driver from her car after it hydroplaned on the Outer Ring Road over the lunch-hour today. The accident occurred about 1 p.m. when the woman was heading east and lost control in the build-up of water just east of the Paradise exit. A firefighter is shown tending to the victim inside her car to keep her immobilized before she was able to be fully immobilized and placed on a spine board and taken to the Health Sciences Centre via ambulance As emergency crews were attending to this scene, other emergency personel had to be dispatched to a second accident, also in the east bound lane, this one just west of the off-ramp to the Paradise entrance. Injuries weren’t believed to be of a serious nature in either of the two accidents.
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- - August 14, 2012 at 00:31:11
Aside from the fact of the idiot drivers out there ... ..one of these days there is going to be a class action lawsuit by some big bloodsucking mainland law firm and the NFLD govt. is going to have to pay out millions for this death trap highway system of ours. I don't care if we have to bring in slave labor from north korea if it means we can get a decent paving job done ...what's wrong with the local construction industry that they can't build a proper road system ? ...hire the same company who paved the 401in Ontario if you have to ! ..that gets lots more use , same bad weather , and it holds up 100% better than our paultry excuse for a highway system ,,
- Hydro-planers suck
- - August 13, 2012 at 22:01:35
Bloody fools. Driving like GD savages in a hurry to get nowhere.
- - August 13, 2012 at 17:58:50
Ruts and Nuts!
- - August 13, 2012 at 15:19:45
Fog, drizzle, rain....are but minor factors in today's driving on the ORR. With some ruts measuring 4 inches deep, its best not to curl your hair, apply makeup, text message, drink coffee, pet the dog...while doing upwards of 140 km/hr. It's best to focus on the task at hand, driving! SLOW DOWN!
- Marian Atkinson
- - August 13, 2012 at 15:13:21
The Outer Ring Road has ruts! Prince Philip Parkway has ruts! Many of our roads have ruts! Tires catch in these ruts even when one isn't driving fast. Cheap ashphalt; bad work; high traffic areas; and stupid drivers who can't figure out that they're driving in ruts -- rain or shine or snow. The Outer Ring Road is a death-trap.
- W Bagg
- - August 13, 2012 at 15:08:01
It's not the rain that wreaks havoc, it's the drivers. On the ORR lunch time, saw an SUV backing up for about 500ft on the shoulder because she missed the off ramp to Stavanger/Aberdeen. These manouvers are lethal. That wasn't the first time I've see this. Another time I met a driver backing down the offramp to Allandale Road. I guess she took the wrong offramp. These are fast moving highways people, it isn't 1980 anymore. There are fast, big, moving objects around, not chevettes and K-cars