Updated:Pothole causes injuries, damages vehicles in afternoon rush hour

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One vehicle rolled over in the area; a three-vehicle collision further along

At least one person was sent to hospital and up to seven vehicles may have been damaged due a chain reaction traffic incident possibly caused by a large pothole left from grind and patch work on Pitts Memorial Drive late Friday afternoon.

The incident also left a vehicle on it's side in a ditch in the same area after the driver apparently swerved to avoid slowed traffic.

The pothole was in the west-bound lane near Donovans Industrial Park on a section of the highway that had been ground down for patching operations.

There were warning signs in the area.

A Department of Transportation and Works highways vehicle arrived on the scene about 6 p.m. and workers filled the pothole with more gravel.

Motorists are advised to use caution in the area.



Organizations: Regional Fire Department, Department of Transportation and Works

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  • Henry Jefford
    July 01, 2014 - 16:54

    Its time for the Government both Federal & Provincial to investigate the problem with the Asphalt Mixture being used now? Why does it only last as long as it takes to spread the pavement and Pot Holes Appear in only days after ? I seen a report published by a Co. in BC that claimed the Bonding agent was being removed from the Asphalt Mixture ? They said that the Co. was getting more money for the Bonding Agent than they were getting for the Asphalt ? ITS WORTH CHECKING OUT !

  • Henry Jefford
    June 27, 2014 - 19:22

    There was an article in the paper written by a person in BC or Vancouver Island, That I printed off and sent to some of the paving companies in the ST. Johns area , Of a report that the Bonding agent in the asphalt tar was being removed, the reason being that the Co. producing the asphalt tar was getting more money for Bonding agent than they received for the tar itself ! This is why some of the asphalt produced 30+ years ago is still as good or Better than asphalt used today ! I think it is time for the FEDERAL & Provincial DEPT. of Transportation to take a good look at the asphalt used now for paving the Highways and find out why it is breaking up and full of potholes shortly after it is paved, ? What is wrong with the pavement what is not in the tar Mixture today that they use ? The sand & stone is still the same ! The Bonding Agent MUST be Removed From The Tar.