RCMP says high-wind advisory continues to be ignored in Wreckhouse area

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Port Aux Basques RCMP responded to an overturned tractor trailer in the Wreckhouse area 10:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Winds at the time were gusting to 122 km/h in the area.

The two male occupants were removed from the truck with the assistance of the Port Aux Basques Fire Department. Both occupants were transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police say they have concerns with drivers ignoring wind warnings in this area. This area of the Trans Canada Highway is famous for its high winds and despite numerous weather warnings and the addition of two digital signs on the highway, drivers continue to put themselves and others at risk by attempting to drive through this area during times of high winds.

Since Sunday, three tractor trailers have left the road in the Codroy Valley area. High winds are blamed for each of these incidents.


Organizations: RCMP, Port Aux Basques Fire Department, Trans Canada Highway

Geographic location: Wreckhouse, Codroy Valley

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  • wayne
    February 22, 2013 - 12:50

    David,I live in the Wreckhouse Region and believe me there is no way to re-design it. This problem as been ongoing since 1898 when the first Trains went through the area. If you want to see more check out my Blog. http://tablemountains.blogspot.ca/search?q=wreckhouse

    • david
      February 23, 2013 - 15:14

      No oofense, but you have no idea what might be presented as solutions to this situation. First, not one thing has ever bene tried. Nothing. So it's pretty baseless to throw up your hands and say its impossible (although that truly is a favorite Newfoundand mindset....see 'Driver' below). Earthen baffles or berms, staggered or continuous, on one or both sides of the road, just like levees built for flood control, might be effective and they would cost relatively little. Rerouting the TCH to a different place altogether might be best...sorry Port aux Basques. Of course, the only reason that last suggestion wasn't done at least 20 years ago is to preserve the political calm.....et voila: Marine Atlantic. Gutless politics is why Newfoundlad will always have what it has. Zippo.

  • THE
    February 21, 2013 - 11:22

    Getting anywhere is not worth it when the wind is up. Waiting a few hours will not kill you but not waiting could. The drivers should have known better.

  • Driver
    February 21, 2013 - 11:09

    What do ya want a concrete wall put up David! People have to expect delays with food/services when it comes to weather. Maybe we'll dig a tunnel to the boat!!

    • david
      February 21, 2013 - 15:20

      You are a perfectly suited citizen for Newfoundland. Perfect.

  • Sam
    February 21, 2013 - 10:42

    I think we need Eugene Nippard to look into this. Surely those high winds are a menace, and a major safety issue. They could be likened to IEDs. Maybe he could get a 40' fence erected so the traffic can move through safely.

  • david
    February 21, 2013 - 09:43

    To say people are "ignoring" the wind warning is not correct. People are quite likely driving white-knuckled and scared to death, and wish they were anywhere else on Earth than western Newfoundland this winter. But the truth is that some people have to get places, and that between the foul-but-predictable weather, and the pathetic infrastructure this province has, that cannot be done safely. It isn't good enough for authoprities to simply issue a warning...that happens here all the time. NL Hydro issues power outage notices, and ends their message with "we apologize for any inconvenience"......sure you do. The Dept. of Highways puts up more permanent "Bump" signs on the highways than anything else...crist, take the effing sign down and fix the dam bump! And if Wreckhouse is the only corridor to get food and supplies to the people of this province, re-design it so it is much more dependable. D'uh!