Provincial highway worker killed in west coast accident

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The private pickup truck that hit a Transportation and Works paint crew member, then a transportation and works pickup truck, is seen on the back of a tow truck operated by Eddys Services. — Photo by Frank Gale/The Western Star

By Frank Gale

TC Media—Flat Bay

The RCMP confirmed Tuesday afternoon that a man who was killed earlier in the day in a traffic accident on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Flat Bay was a member of a Department of Transportation and Works paint crew.

Const. Matt Christie said the man was standing on the roadway when he was hit by a pickup truck, which then proceeded to smash into the back of a Department of Transportation and Works sign truck stopped on the highway.

Christie said the paint crew was setting up for work and had all its signage out. Christie said the caution arrow indicator in the back of the pickup that was struck was activated at the time of the accident.

Three other people were taken to hospital with unknown injuries Tuesday afternoon, including two people who were in the private pickup and a Department of Transportation and Works employee who was sitting in the government truck at the time of the accident.

Christie said the injuries of the three were not believed to be life-threatening.

The two pickups were damaged to the extent that they ended up locked together, with personnel from Eddy’s Services having to spend some time at pulling the two vehicles apart.

Traffic analysts were on the scene Tuesday afternoon, but by 3 p.m. traffic that had been was backed up for several kilometres each way was moving again in both directions. Barachois Search and Rescue members assisted police with traffic control.

Christie said police weren’t releasing the name of the victim at the time and that alcohol was not believed to be a factor in the accident.

Transportation and Works Minister Paul Davis issued a news release Tuesday afternoon regarding the accident, noting it claimed the life of one of the department’s employees who was working with a crew in the area.

“We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of this incident involving employees of the Department of Transportation and Works,” he said.

Davis expressed his condolences to the man’s family, friends and all employees with the department.

The Western Star

Organizations: Department of Transportation and Works, Trans-Canada Highway

Geographic location: Flat Bay, Eddy, Western Star

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