Investigation continues into death of highway worker in traffic accident

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A pickup truck sits atop a tow truck at the scene of an accident on Trans-Canada Highway west of Flat Bay Tuesday. A provincial government paint crew worker was killed and three people were injured in the accident. — TC Media file photo

As the investigation continues into the death of a paint crew worker with the Department of Works and Transportation, Const. Matthew Christie of RCMP traffic services west said it is not believed the accident was the result of a medical issue.

While he could not yet release the name of the deceased, he did say the man is a resident of Cape Ray.

Christie said an autopsy, performed at Western Memorial Regional Hospital in Corner Brook, revealed that the man died as a result of being struck by the vehicle.

He said the three people who were sent to hospital following the accident Tuesday — two in the private pickup that ran into the paint crew worker and a man inside a Department of Transportation and Works pickup truck that was also struck — were all released from Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital in Stephenville after being treated for minor injuries Tuesday.

In addition to the investigation by analysts with RCMP traffic services west, Occupational Health and Safety is also investigating.

Organizations: Department of Works and Transportation, RCMP, Western Memorial Regional Hospital Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital

Geographic location: Cape Ray.Christie, Corner Brook, Stephenville

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  • Ethel Close
    August 29, 2013 - 06:11

    The speed should also be cut in work construction area as it is in N.S. Anyone caught speeding or doing normal speed get a stiff fine. Cell phones are against the law to use when you are driving ..so this should not be an issue.

  • gord
    July 25, 2013 - 22:57

    It's time for escorted traffic through construction areas so everyone must follow a lead vehicle. Yes it will be slow and delayed but the impatient public has brought it on. It works in the maritimes. With reduced enforcement officers from justice cutbacks this is the only way to ensure "safety for all". The public have proven that they can not use the honor system for speed control in construction areas or anywhere else for that matter. Cell & text have multiplied the risk.

  • DT
    July 25, 2013 - 08:29

    My condolences to the family and friends, such a tragedy.