Vehicle flips over on Outer Ring Road

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Firefighters with the St. John's Regional Fire Department had to use the jaws of life to rescue a female driver from a vehicle that flipped over on the Outer Ring Road near the Torbay bridge just before 11 a.m. this morning.

The GMC Canyon is believed to have hydroplaned and flipped over a few times. Airbags went off in the vehicle on impact.

The extent of the woman's injuries hasn't been determined at this time.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is investigating.

Organizations: Regional Fire Department

Geographic location: Outer Ring Road, St. John's, Torbay

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  • DSmith3
    November 03, 2014 - 16:53

    RNC spokesman says drivers regularly speed on ORR...one has to wonder where law enforcement is.....I have yet to see patrols on this road! Enforcement of speed zone helps to eliminate such accidents. With the ruts on this road; posted speed zone is unsafe at any speed! DofT should reduce speed to a safe design standard; how about 80 kph!

  • Brendan Holden
    August 26, 2013 - 23:09

    Yes Denise and Anne Rain + Speed + Cruse Control = more stupid = disaster or even dead. Brenny

  • Skeptical Cynic
    August 26, 2013 - 21:01

    Bloody fools driving like GD savages in a hurry to get nowhere.

  • Duffy
    August 26, 2013 - 18:56

    Speed and being stupid should be listed on the Police Accident report with a notation "The reason people speed out here is because we do not do any enforcement". People speed with no worry of the police doing anything on a regular basis. They need to be there 7 days a week - 8 hours a day at different times and give NO warnings only Tickets!

  • Rol
    August 26, 2013 - 18:30

    Regardless of the bleeding hearts who proclaim that such action would violate individual rights cameras must be used to catch irresponsible drivers : if one drives the posted speed limit he/ she is passed continuously---- the posted speed limit is a joke

  • Fact
    August 26, 2013 - 16:36

    Grow up. I drove from east end St. John's to Goobies and home again this morning. If you feel you cannot drive in the rain for the love of God have enough sense to stay off the road. Or ask your parents to drive you.

  • MJ
    August 26, 2013 - 16:12

    Sure - speed in the rain is stupid but these days, if you have a good set of tires and you exercise caution, and even if you don't have an AWD, doing 100 is not dangerous. Its the people out there driving on highways doing 70, with bald tires and braking when they hit a small puddle that is the worst...and lets not forget the people who ride the overtaking lane doing 70 or 80 on the Outer Ring Road...how come the police don't police them? On the flip side of things - lets not forget that our government can't even procure a proper contractor to build a decent road. The ruts are absurd...as absurd as some of the poorly educated drivers. So lets point fingers in the right direction people. Slow drivers - go through town - stay off the highway. Government......its not rocket science - do some research on how to build a road in NL that will last 10 years instead of 2 and Police - pay attention to the speeders sure..its not right to disobey the limit but also start stopping the people doing an indecent slow speed on the overtaking lane....

  • MJ
    August 26, 2013 - 16:11

    Sure - speed in the rain is stupid but these days, if you have a good set of tires and you exercise caution, and even if you don't have an AWD, doing 100 is not dangerous. Its the people out there driving on highways doing 70, with bald tires and braking when they hit a small puddle that is the worst...and lets not forget the people who ride the overtaking lane doing 70 or 80 on the Outer Ring Road...how come the police don't police them? On the flip side of things - lets not forget that our government can't even procure a proper contractor to build a decent road. The ruts are absurd...as absurd as some of the poorly educated drivers. So lets point fingers in the right direction people. Slow drivers - go through town - stay off the highway. Government......its not rocket science - do some research on how to build a road in NL that will last 10 years instead of 2 and Police - pay attention to the speeders sure..its not right to disobey the limit but also start stopping the people doing an indecent slow speed on the overtaking lane....

  • MJ
    August 26, 2013 - 16:08

    Sure - speed in the rain is stupid but these days, if you have a good set of tires and you exercise caution, and even if you don't have an AWD, doing 100 is not dangerous. Its the people out there driving on highways doing 70, with bald tires and braking when they hit a small puddle that is the worst...and lets not forget the people who ride the overtaking lane doing 70 or 80 on the Outer Ring Road...how come the police don't police them? On the flip side of things - lets not forget that our government can't even procure a proper contractor to build a decent road. The ruts are absurd...as absurd as some of the poorly educated drivers. So lets point fingers in the right direction people. Slow drivers - go through town - stay off the highway. Government......its not rocket science - do some research on how to build a road in NL that will last 10 years instead of 2 and Police - pay attention to the speeders sure..its not right to disobey the limit but also start stopping the people doing an indecent slow speed on the overtaking lane....

  • Rick
    August 26, 2013 - 16:00

    Drivers are getting worse here. I've had to install a DVR camera system in the front of my vehicle, as just about everyday, you have to go hard on the brakes to avoid the distracted drivers on the roads. It's getting like Russia here, people do not seem to care about how fast they drive, or who they cut off. Signal lights are optional, of course.

  • bubba
    August 26, 2013 - 15:45

    Until they ban studded tires there will always be rutted roads.

  • Not Surprised
    August 26, 2013 - 14:19

    As I see it there are far more "accidents" on this stretch of road than any other. It feels as though there isn't a week that passes that you don't hear of someone loosing control of their vehicle and slipping off the road. Almost always these are single vehicle . Naturally it is when the road is wet and drivers haven't adjusted their speeds. Regardless, I'm sure this trend will continue. I would like to say that at some point it will click in and we "get it" but it is simply not in our nature. Its no wonder we have the moniker "Goofy Newfies". Sad but true.

  • Ang
    August 26, 2013 - 12:57

    I totally agree with CRAZY. It's insane how fast people drive on that road, even busses and transport trucks. I was relieved this morning to see the police parked by the Allandale Rd exit on my way to work just before 9. It seemed to be very effective in slowing down traffic. It would seem sensible to be me to have signage stating that the speed limit when the road is wet is 70km/hr....because it should be. I know that would be a little difficult to enforce, but it would definitely save lives. A few signs telling people to slow down for merging vehicles wouldn't hurt either (cause you can rarely get into the passing lane during rush hour to let them merge)

  • Corrinea Jones
    August 26, 2013 - 12:35

    Rain + Speed = Stupidity and that almost always leads to disaster.

  • Crazy
    August 26, 2013 - 11:55

    I drove in from CBS this morning and it was raining that hard that I could not keep the windshield clear, even with the wipers on full speed. But yet some people were doing 120 kmh or even more. it was only safe to be doing between 60-70 and then that was not too safe at times. People were less than a half car length behind me and it was almost as if they were trying to push me. One guy passed me and you could see that he was aggregated with me as he gave me the finger as he sped by me. There were no Police to be seen. The Pitts Memorial is like a speedway in the mornings. Time for the the Police to start Policing these highways.

  • California Pete from NFLD
    August 26, 2013 - 11:33

    Rain, rain go away or we will have another acident to day, for sure to come when you are dum. What is it with all this lousy driving in NL. Should now by now to slow down and use caution in clement weather. Daahhhhh. Have a nice rainy day, and safe drive today

    • jenn
      August 26, 2013 - 17:31

      who is dumb you can't even spell it

  • Vicki
    August 26, 2013 - 11:14

    What will it take for people to slow down on the ORR? It was raining heavily when I drove to Stavanger around 10:30, but people continue to drive over the speed limit in all types of weather conditions. They're asking for trouble!!

  • Rob
    August 26, 2013 - 11:10

    How many more people have to be injured or killed on roads like this and the Veterans Memorial Highway before proper techniques and materials are used to repair or replace our treacherous motorways!? Why is it that highways carrying far more vehicles and used far more frequently in other parts of North America do not have the ruts and associated hydroplaning issues we have here? It is absolutely disgraceful! Continually re-surfacing the same areas is only a temporary solution. Build/fix the damn roads properly and save some lives! I am sick of hearing about these tragedies!

    • Annie-Girl
      August 26, 2013 - 12:34

      Rob, you asked "Why is it that highways carrying far more vehicles and used far more frequently in other parts of North America do not have the ruts and associated hydroplaning issues we have here?" Have you ever been to Montreal? Did you see the Deere machine get swallowed up in a sinkhole a few weeks ago ?These roads are becoming world-famous for their ridiculous condition and eternal orange cones indicating that they are being repaired - supposedly. A tourist from Australia once said to me that he would love to come back and visit Montreal when they finish building it.

    • Eli
      August 26, 2013 - 15:38

      No question you make good points Rob but drivers have to know when conditions aren't sunshineish, slow the frig down or stay home! I keep to the right of my lane but you can bet the nut behind me is driving with his wheels on the center line looking over my shoulder. Too many "wingnuts" are on all our highways every day. And we wonder why our children are out of control.

  • Gary
    August 26, 2013 - 10:50

    People drive like idiots and so such events will happen. I won't refer to the 'events' as accidents because the drivers purposefully drive at speeds beyond their ability to control their vehicles and so it's not accidental.

  • Denise
    August 26, 2013 - 10:45

    Rain + Speed + Stupidity = Disaster

    • Denise II
      August 26, 2013 - 11:18

      You're 100% right Denise. Won't be long 'tho before the boobirds will be lecturing you for not having all the facts.

    • Anne
      August 26, 2013 - 12:27

      Boobirds, I love it. You are right though. As all the facts aren't reported, people still speed. How many people have crashed or died in these accidents since January 1? With drivers speeding, accidents involve other people who are trying to obey the law. Everyone should know that you are supposed to slow down when it is raining. I do hope there wasn't anyone seriously hurt.