Gander RCMP responded to three crashes within a half hour on the Trans Canada Highway Thursday afternoon following a short, but torrential rainfall.
The rain made driving difficult as the ruts in the road filled, but the RCMP says drivers were still driving at dry highway speeds.
A news release notes that within minutes of the rainfall the first collision — 15 km west of Gander — was reported. There were no life threatening injuries in that collision.
Before the members had cleared that scene, a report of a two-vehicle collision in the Square Pond Park area was reported and as members were responding to that collision, a third collision was reported near Benton, just east of Gander.
At the collision by Benton there were no injuries.
At the collision by Square Pond Park, further east of Gander, there were minor injuries as both vehicles involved were still on the roadway. The TCH was closed for a short time until the injured were removed and traffic could be safely passed through the area.
The highway has been re-opened and traffic is flowing again at a normal pace.
The Trans Canada Highway at Square Pond just east of Gander has been reopened.
The Trans Canada Highway at Square Pond just east of Gander is currently not passable due to a serious motor vehicle collision.
Emergency crews are on the scene and police are advising that the highway will be closed for an hour or more.