Investigation continuing into death of paint crew member in traffic accident

Frank Gale
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FLAT BAY  As the investigation continues into the death of a paint crew worker with the Department of Transportation and Works, Const. Matthew Christie of RCMP Traffic Services West said it is not believed the accident was the result of a medical issue.

While he could not yet release the name of the deceased, he did say the man is a resident of Cape Ray.

Christie said an autopsy, performed at Western Memorial Regional Hospital in Corner Brook, revealed the obvious — that the man died as a result of being struck by the vehicle.

He said the three people that were sent to hospital on Tuesday following the accident — two in the private pickup that ran into the paint crew worker and a man who was inside a Department of Transportation and Works pickup truck that was also struck — were all released from Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital in Stephenville after being treated for minor injuries on Tuesday.

In addition to the investigation by analysts with RCMP Traffic Services West, Occupational Health and Safety is also investigating.

Organizations: Department of Transportation and Works, RCMP Traffic Services West, Western Memorial Regional Hospital Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital

Geographic location: FLAT BAY, Cape Ray.Christie, Corner Brook Stephenville

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  • Lisa
    July 26, 2013 - 07:43

    I agree, people should slow down in construction zones to the posted speed limit! If the sign says maximum 50 km/h drive 50 not 55 not 60, 50. It's a tragedy that someone has to be taken from earth way to early because people do not obey the rules of the road. I experienced an incident only a couple weeks ago just after leaving corner brook. There was a no passing sign clearly posted and I guess since I was driving the posted speed limit of 50, the driver behind me didn't like it so he decided to pass me and the two other vehicles in front of me!! It was quite the shock for me because what if there was construction workers working on the road and that driver had hit someone?? People need to stop and think, reduce speeds, and obey the rules of the road especially when it comes to construction zones!

  • mellie
    July 25, 2013 - 12:33

    Highways should consider painting their fleet of vans and pickups from the dark grey two colors more visible like yellow or orange and also consider flashing lights on the vehicles similar to what police have

  • Concerned motorist
    July 25, 2013 - 07:09

    Perhaps local drivers could do something about the speeding and passing in Construction zones along our highways. If drivers in these areas drove in a staggered pattern it would prevent any following vehicles to pass. Next time you're driving behind a vehicle in a construction zone, keep your vehicle just behind the front vehicle but to the left of the vehicle so nobody approaching from the rear can get by. If the authorities don't have the resources to control these speeders, perhaps the driving public can do something to reduce the speeds in construction zones.