Investigation into fatal TCH accident continuing

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The RCMP provided an update today on the four-vehicle collision on the Trans Canada Highway Sunday that claimed two lives.

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The accident occurred late afternoon Sunday about five kilometres east of Clarenville, just east of the Adeyton exit.

The RCMP says a total of nine people were involved in the collision.

Two people were deceased on the scene, and five suffered various degrees of injury.

One person remains hospitalized — all others have been released from hospital.

Names will not be released pending notification of next of kin.

The cause of the crash is under investigation, though heavy rain and water build up was reported at the time.

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Two people are dead following an accident Sunday on the Trans-Canada Highway near Clarenville.

According to the RCMP, the other occupants of the vehicles are being treated for injuries at Dr. G.B. Cross Memorial Hospital in Clarenville.

The accident happened late Sunday afternoon just east of the exit to Adeytown. Both lanes of the highway were initially closed, but police eventually re-opened them.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. Clarenville was amongst parts of the eastern half of Newfoundland subject to a special weather statement from Environment Canada on Sunday concerning periods of heavy rainfall. It has not been confirmed if conditions on the highway were slippery at the time of the accident.

Police said the names of the deceased will not be released, pending notification of their families.

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(Earlier story)

A local fire chief is reporting that an accident on the Trans Canada Highway five kilometres east of Clarenville involves four vehicles.

That news was shared on the Twitter account of Clarenville fire chief Cory Feltham. The accident happened late Sunday afternoon, initially closing traffic on both the eastbound and westbound lanes.

RCMP have since reported that traffic is moving through one lane.

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(Earlier story)

Police are at the scene of what’s being called a serious multi-vehicle accident on the Trans Canada Highway east of Clarenville.

According to RCMP, the accident scene is five kilometres east of Clarenville. Eastbound and westbound lanes are closed.

Weekend weather has been wet through much of the island, though no details have been released concerning the cause of the accident.

Police said the lane closure will remain in effect until further notice.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Clarenville

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  • Calvin
    September 16, 2013 - 19:22

    I am now in the southern US after driving 2600 miles. I have seen the presence of highway inforcement around every turn,maybe not every turn but very often and little speeding. At home I may see RCMP once a week on our highways. Time for our goverment to up the ante for more highway inforcement.

  • maryanne
    September 16, 2013 - 17:29

    Jack, Have you travelled in NS??? I have lived in Sydney for 15 yrs......and let me tell you, there IS NO OTHER route other than rt125 in the area of Sydney. Many times it has been closed hours due to accidents. And btw, YOU are worried about the highway closed when people have been killed??? And what do you think the Mounties are doing.....think it MIGHT take that long to clean up the mess and investigate??? You know what I have to say??? GET OVER YOURSELF..........YOU aren't important at an accident scene!!

  • George from Northern Peninsula
    September 16, 2013 - 16:22

    Heavy rain and water build up. You hear of these conditions all too often when there are serious accidents. Yes parts of our highways are in deplorable condition, but motorists still have the solution in their hands, by slowing down to a reasonable speed when these conditions exist. I cannot say without a doubt that speed was An issue here, but things point that way. I have witnessed way to often vehicles traveling at or above the speed limit when there is significant water on the road. Posted speeds are for optimum driving conditions. It may come down to speeds being mandatorily set and enforced for wet conditions if drivers don't have the sense to do it themselves. Bald tires are another major issue that needs to be dealt with.

  • Dar
    September 16, 2013 - 13:48

    The ruts on the TCH are horrific when rain filled. I have not experienced the likes of them on other highways in the country. Driving along and all of a sudden a dangerous pull andfrightening hydroplaning when you hit one, even with vastly reduced speed and driving according to conditions. I am afraid of driving that highway when it rains, I feel it's so much harder to control the vehicle, despite cautious driving. May these poor souls rest in peace, feel so very sorry for the victims and their grieving families. Something needs to be done about the conditions of this highway, and prevent needless tragedy.

  • Marshall Art
    September 16, 2013 - 12:22

    It's common knowledge that many drivers in NL increase their speed in direct proportion to how fast the wind is blowing and how fast the rain is falling. On city streets , they can be seen roaring through the driving rain , soaking pedestrians and sending waves of water over other vehicles. To these drivers, doing 120-130 kph on the TCH in these conditions, ruts and all, is no big deal. Morons.

  • Jon Smith
    September 16, 2013 - 08:51

    It is unfortunate that we hear about fatalities on the highways. Speed and weather conditions are usually involved. But you cannot ignore the deplorable conditions of the highways and especially at bridges where big bumps occur at every bridge. The deep ruts in the vehicle tracks along the pavement run like rivers during heavy rains. The government seems to be ignoring it while all the money is being pumped into Muskrat. Expect this to continue to deteriorate. At what frequency of death rate on the highway, that the government will take this matter more seriously in an unknown.

    • Eli
      September 16, 2013 - 15:03

      You make good sense but the bottom line: when conditions warrant slowing down we're not doing it in too many instances.

  • Joe
    September 16, 2013 - 07:14

    As this will no doubt be blamed on the weather, so your columnist Mr. Simmonds can again claim that speed is not a problem

  • Jack
    September 15, 2013 - 18:15

    Due to the recent string of road closures along the TCH corridor, especially in areas with no secondary or trunk roads such as the Baie Verte Intersection and now Clarenville areas, and the RCMP are taking longer and longer to clear up these accidents, the Newfoundland and Labrador Government has to start implementing measures to ensure that traffic moves smoothly and the RCMP responds more quickly to motor vehicle mishaps. For starters, the government has to start building some secondary or bypass/trunk roads along areas of the TCH corridor and other major Newfoundland and Labrador Highways, such as Trans Labrador Highway, Dorset Trail, or Viking Trail, with only current one way thoroughfare. Secondly, in an event that an accident occurs, the RCMP has to make a more diligent effort to conduct investigations and accident clearup as soon as possible, and I don't mean 6 to 12 hours, I mean less than two hours. Once again, since Eastern Newfoundland has no alternate routes or bypass roads to other parts of the island, when construction or accidents take place, you get major traffic problems. Besides, if most Nova Scotian cities, towns, villages, and communities have alternate routes or bypass roads in addition to major highways, now is the time for Newfoundland and Labrador to do the same.

    • Peter
      September 16, 2013 - 08:43

      Jack, Two lives were lost and you're concern is about how long traffic is delayed due to 'mishaps'?? You are one selfish, ignorant and narrow-minded man.

    • Beverley Manuel
      September 16, 2013 - 08:54

      You hit on a major point. An area so big as Clarenville has two major exits but no overpass. The speed limit dropped down to 80mph which very few pays attention too. It is time for the police presence to be upgraded not subtracted

    • Eli
      September 16, 2013 - 15:09

      Beverly, this has nothing to do woth the Clarenville exits. It's five klimoteers from the scene. In this tragedy somebody has to have been in the wrong lane Peter.

    • simon
      September 16, 2013 - 17:24

      Jack, Soooo....how long did it take the RCMP to respond? I take it, you must know the answer...as you SEEM to have all the answers. Because you know, the RCMP have nothing else to do during their shifts than sit around waiting for calls!! You know what I think, Jack??? YOU were one of the nitwits who called the RCMP dispatch to ask about the highway closure...tying up the lines for other emergencies!! You really are wasting your time.......you should be the PREMIER!!!!!

    • simon
      September 16, 2013 - 17:25

      Jack, Soooo....how long did it take the RCMP to respond? I take it, you must know the answer...as you SEEM to have all the answers. Because you know, the RCMP have nothing else to do during their shifts than sit around waiting for calls!! You know what I think, Jack??? YOU were one of the nitwits who called the RCMP dispatch to ask about the highway closure...tying up the lines for other emergencies!! You really are wasting your time.......you should be the PREMIER!!!!!