No serious injuries in multiple traffic accidents this morning in St. Johns area

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Police and ambulance crews had a busy morning responding to six separate car crashes in the St. John's area from 7 a.m. to about 9: 30 a.m.
Const. Suzanne FitzGerald, RNC?media relations officer, said heavy rains were a factor in most of the incidents.?The causes of some of the accidents are still under investigation.
The first accident occurred on the Outer Ring Road near the Topsail Road exit. A?man in his mid-40s hydropland before his pickup flipped over around 7:10 a.m.
He was was conscious and alert after the incident and was sent to hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The cleanup meant the road was closed for about an hour.
The second accident was in part caused by the traffic backed up by the first, FitzGerald said. At about 8:05 a.m., four cars were rear-ended on the Manuels Access Road, which had become was quite congested.
The cause of the pile-up was speed, said FitzGerald. Given the congestion and the rain, there wasn't sufficient distance between cars. Two women were sent to hospital with minor injuries.
The other accidents involved damage to property and more minor injuries. There was one in the downtown area of St. John's, two in Mount Pearl and another on the Outer Ring Road between the Thorburn Road and Paradise exits around 8:15 a.m. In that Outer Ring Road incident, a hydroplaning vehicle had struck the guard rail. The force caused the post of the rail to slam into the vehicle's gas tank.
The male driver had no injuries, but emergency crews had to contain the gas leak.
The RNC?is reminding the public to drive safely, ensure tires are in good condition and follow other vehicles at a safe distance.
"When it starts to rain, you have to slow down.?High speed is the number one cause of hydroplaning," FitzGerald said.

Geographic location: Outer Ring Road, St. John's, Topsail Road Manuels Access Road Mount Pearl Thorburn Road

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  • Ex Pat Doug
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Dooley...your a moron.

  • Eli
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    The clean up meant the road was closed for an hour ....When are we going to treat these nut cases like they should be. Send the nuts for necessary treatment but leave the vehicles in the ditch or median until AFTER the rush hour. Then and only then get the wrecks removed. But detour traffic if possible rather than penalize hundreds with road closure.

  • Pam
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Driving to work this morning was actually scary. Scary because I could not believe the tailgaters !! At one point, the driver of a black pickup was so close that I could not even see the drivers headlights in my rearview mirror, and I was doing 110. Yes I was speeding myself, even though I knew better, as the driver behind me was so close it felt as though he were purposely forcing me to speed up even though I literally had nowhere to go. There were cars beside me bumper to bumper !! Any closer he would have been pushing me. I kept checking my rearview and could see the driver humped over the steering wheel with both hands on the steering wheel, bearing down on me with sheer determination. If I had braked I would have been the 7th accident. It was like a game he was playing. I hope he is reading this. For Gawd sakes people slow down and stop tailgating before someone is killed!!!

  • Donny
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    What's up with closing the road off everytime there's truck upside down at rush hour?
    Listen, shovel what's left of the vehicle off the road into the ditch and come back after the rush is over and tow out the wreck. Why do I have to be inconvenienced by some goof who wasn't driving safely?