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Cory Hurley
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Travel disruptions as winter storm hits west coast again

CORNER BROOK — By land, sea or air, travel in western Newfoundland was a problem Monday.

Some flights into and out of Deer Lake Airport were delayed or cancelled as the west coast of the province was hit by another flurry of winter weather throughout the day. High winds and blustery conditions proved an issue for a few flights, but the majority went ahead as scheduled or with slight delays.

The Marine Atlantic ferries were docked in Port aux Basques and North Sydney, N.S., throughout Monday after morning crossings were cancelled. As of Monday evening, the night crossings were expected to go ahead.

The highway system throughout western Newfoundland was treacherous. In the morning, Department of Transportation and Works were advising people to stay off the roads from Corner Brook to Stephenville and in the wreckhouse area because of heavy drifting and whiteout conditions in both areas.

Equipment was taken off Route 470 from Rose Blanche to Isle aux Morts because it was too stormy to operate. White out conditions also led to travel advisories in the Stephenville and Port au Port areas. Motorists were also asked to stay off the Burgeo Highway because of heavy snow and drifting.

In the afternoon, many of the advisories to stay off changed to “use caution” warnings as snow and blowing snow conditions persisted. The department continued to advise people to stay off the Stephenville Access Road throughout the afternoon, but negated that in the evening. Equipment was taken off Burgeo Highway again at 6:30 p.m.

Driving conditions were also dangerous within city and town limits. At least two accidents were reported in Corner Brook, both involving large trucks that slid off the road in the area of the Lewin Parkway.

No one was hurt when a beer truck collided with a snowbank on the Lewin Parkway early Monday afternoon.

According to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, the driver of the large truck lost control while trying to negotiate the curved section of the parkway on the overpass above the Humber Road/Main Street intersection. All westbound traffic on the Lewin Parkway was diverted to Humber Road while the truck was being removed from the snowbank on the overpass. It’s at least the second time in the past four days that a vehicle has went off the road and into the snowbank in the same area.

Roads were snow-covered and slippery at the time of this accident.

It was the same conditions when a transport truck jackknifed partially off the road early in the evening on the upper part of the Lewin Parkway. The truck had to be towed back onto the road.

Flurries, and periods of snow, are expected to continue in the Corner Brook area for the remainder of the week.

Organizations: Trans-Canada Highway, Department of Transportation and Works, Burgeo Highway.The Trans-Canada Burgeo Highway.The department North Branch Woody Point.Environment Canada

Geographic location: CORNER BROOK, Stephenville Access Road, Wreckhouse Newfoundland Rose Blanche Deer Lake Isle aux Morts Trout River Port aux Basques

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