Slippery roads result in traffic accidents in St. John’s area

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Several traffic collisions have been reported in the St. John's-metro region, as roads are snow covered and slippery from the first winter snowfall for the region.

Two people have been taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries following a single-vehicle crash off the main road in the Goulds area of St. John's.

A female driver appears to have lost control, with her vehicle flipping off the road near the Robert E. Howlett Highway.

A woman also received minor injuries in one of two accidents this morning — within feet of each other — on Pitts Memorial Drive in slippery road conditions.

The woman was able to walk to an awaiting ambulance.

The accidents occurred in the west-bound lane near Ruth Avenue. The first accident caused minor damage to a pickup, while the second accident occurred as one vehicle slowed down near the first accident causing another vehicle to skid and go into the median.

Road conditions are snow-covered and slippery, and traffic in the west-bound lane was obstructed while crews cleared the accident scene.

Environment Canada forecasts about five centimetres of snow in the St. John’s region before mixing with rain later today.

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Ruth Avenue

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  • mike
    December 12, 2013 - 09:37

    A toll should be charged . brownbaggers driving to fast. Slow down Brownbaggers.

  • ken
    December 11, 2013 - 07:45

    for those who think they know all ok, the reason they went off the road is because of a dip in the road which pulled the truck into the ditch. Anyone who travels that road knows that this is a tricky section to travel even on a good day. Speed was not a factor. Get your facts straight next time before you mouth off about something you don't know anything about or before you make any judgements. And one last thing santo the car slid into the ditch and then rolled on its side ok get your facts straight.

  • santo
    December 10, 2013 - 14:12

    What is wrong with people? Common sense and slower speeds would have prevented all of that this morning.... it's one thing to slide into a ditch, but to flip a car!! how freaking fast does one have to go to do that?

    • Michael
      December 10, 2013 - 21:23

      Get your facts right, the car didn't flip on top of itself it went off the road because it was icy so you could go 10 or 100 and still hit ice.. moron

  • Jim Bishop
    December 10, 2013 - 12:26

    Note: all the accidents are in the City of St. John's where good snow clearing is something only Santa could bring. Mount Pearl is down to pavement, most St. John's streets haven't even seen a plow. Same old, same old. St. john's philosophy is "let all the cars flatten the snow"!!!

    • Townie
      December 10, 2013 - 12:57

      Mount Pearel roads clear to pavement since everyone from MP is in town working restricting snow clearing efforts

    • LAUGH
      December 10, 2013 - 15:41

      Well Mount Pearl was'nt down to pavement when i left at 3 pm today and the city was strange but true so whats wrong with pearl today ???

  • hard times
    December 10, 2013 - 12:24

    Edward are you speaking from experience in saying stop going to bingo, smoking and scratch tickets? Did it ever dawn on you that people just can not afford to get winter tires? or are you just a Debbie Downer on everyone. Maybe you should try putting yourself in other peoples shoes before you make such statements.

  • hard times
    December 10, 2013 - 12:22

    Edward are you speaking from experience in saying stop going to bingo, smoking and scratch tickets? Did it ever dawn on you that people just can not afford to get winter tires? or are you just a Debbie Downer on everyone. Maybe you should try putting yourself in other peoples shoes before you make such statements.

  • hard times
    December 10, 2013 - 12:20

    Edward are you speaking from experience in saying stop going to bingo, smoking and scratch tickets? Did it ever dawn on you that people just can not afford to get winter tires? or are you just a Debbie Downer on everyone. Maybe you should try putting yourself in other peoples shoes before you make such statements.

    • Edward
      December 10, 2013 - 15:04

      Heard you the first time. And yes - if you are going to pile three kids and the mother in law in the car that is not fit to be on the road with bald tires on a good day you are better off redirecting your money towards making your vehicle roadworthy or leave it in the driveway and call bugdens taxi

  • gb
    December 10, 2013 - 12:04

    I hope they were'nt injured but thats what happens when you think SNOW MEANS SLOW doesn't apply to you. I wonder when they get their vehicles repaired will they have learned a lesson?

  • Edward
    December 10, 2013 - 11:10

    To all you folks driving around today in the cavaliers with bald tires - refrain from bingo, smokes and scratch tickets for a month and buy some winter tires before you kill someone.

    • cavalier
      December 10, 2013 - 15:55

      I drove my cav on the outer ring today doing 80.someone in a suv was in a ditch being towed out.all about speed Edward,common sense.

    • cavalier
      December 10, 2013 - 15:57

      I drove my cav on the outer ring today doing 80.someone in a suv was in a ditch being towed out.all about speed Edward,common sense.

  • W. Bagg
    December 10, 2013 - 09:51

    Studs in your tires would prevent any accident this morning due to slippery roads, a lite dusting of snow.

    • Mike
      December 10, 2013 - 10:54

      What makes you think studs would prevent an accident in these conditions? A good set of winter tires and some common sense is sufficient. Unfortunately, many people around here lack the latter!

    • Research
      December 10, 2013 - 10:55

      Studs only help with forward acceleration and actually increase stopping distances vs. Non studded winter tires. Do your homework and look up a few studies.

    • W. Bagg
      December 10, 2013 - 12:55

      @research http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/research/reports/fullreports/551.1.pdf Check page 51 conclusion # 6, studded tires stopping distance in snow was 15% shorter. Stopping distance is longer with studs on dry pavement. IF you get in an accident on dry pavement no one can help you.

    • Mike
      December 10, 2013 - 13:53

      Well W. Bagg, thanks for the info. Too bad we are driving on bare pavement most of the time around here. Studs are more of a problem than a solution.