Update: RCMP release name of woman who died Tuesday in accident on TCH near Clarenville

Published on February 21, 2013

Gloria Murphy, 52, of Charlottetown, Newfoundland, was the victim of Tuesday's motor vehicle collision near Shoal Harbour River on the Trans-Canada Highway near Clarenville.

The RCMP says the family agreed to release the name of their loved one.

The RCMP says the investigation into the cause of the collision is continuing.

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(Story from Tuesday, Feb. 19)

The female passenger of an east-bound pickup truck died in a collision with another vehicle about half a kilometre west of Shoal Harbour River near Clarenville today, on the Trans Canada Highway.

The male driver of the east-bound, blue pickup truck and the male driver of the other vehicle —  a burgundy pickup truck — were taken to hospital in Clarenville with unknown injuries.

RCMP says the west-bound burgundy pickup truck driven by a lone male appears to have crossed the centre line of the highway and collided with the east-bound pickup.

Traffic has been reduced to one lane and police anticipate it may be up to two hours before the highway is fully opened.

RCMP Traffic Services is investigating the collision.

Police are asking the public, if at all possible, to avoid the area and exercise extreme caution while driving in winter conditions.

More details when they become available.

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RCMP on the scene of a fatal accident near Clarenville, TC Media confirms.

More details to come.

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Clarenville RCMP officers are on the scene of what they describe as a very serious motor vehicle collision on the Trans-Canada Highway near Clarenville at the Shoal Harbour Bridge. 

Fire department and ambulance are also on scene.  

Motorists in the area are advised to avoid the area as the TCH will be closed to allow emergency personal to deal with the accident. 

There are no initial reports as to the extent of injuries. Updates will be released as they become available. 

The RCMP urge everyone to avoid the area and exercise extreme caution while driving in winter conditions.