No serious injuries in major two-vehicle accident

Frank Gale
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A large truck owned by Way's Transport ended up on its side after going through a guardrail and down an embankment Monday at Berry Head near The Gravels in Port au Port.

Two women were taken to hospital Monday after the car they were in was hit by a truck on the road at Berry Head.

The road leads to The Gravels, an isthmus of land between Port au Port East and Port au Port West.

Const. Kris LeGresley of the Bay St. George RCMP said from the initial investigation it appears a car travelling down Berry Head hill just before noon stopped abruptly when the driver observed an oncoming ambulance with emergency lights and siren on.

The driver of a Way's Transport truck, which had a load of shellfish aboard, couldn't stop the vehicle soon enough, and hit part of the rear end of the car.

The truck driver then swerved to avoid hitting the ambulance head on and went through a guardrail and slid down an embankment before the truck came to rest on its side with part of the cab in a small pond.

The driver was able to get out of the truck and escaped with only a thumb injury, said Const. LeGresley.

Witnesses told the police the two women, both from Stephenville, who were in the car didn't seem to have any major injuries, he said.

The ambulance, which had left from the Port au Port Peninsula, was able to continue on its way to Stephenville.

The Port au Port Fire Department went to the scene and erected a boom with absorbent material in an attempt to contain any liquids that might leak from the truck.

Plans were made to remove the shellfish from the truck and have the truck removed from the scene.

Members of the RCMP handled traffic control until leaving the scene around 3 p.m.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Port au Port East, Port au Port West, Stephenville

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