Whiteouts cause highway headaches in Deer Lake

Paul Hutchings
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Two collisions along TCH in blustery Wednesday conditions

DEER LAKE One man was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries Wednesday afternoon when the minivan he was driving was hit from behind by an 18-wheel truck near Deer Lake.

The collision happened during whiteout conditions on the Trans-Canada Highway, police said.

The driver of the 18-wheeler, who was on the scene and appeared uninjured, said those whiteout conditions were what caused the accident. He did not want to give his name or an interview, but did say that drivers should keep the backs of their vehicles clear, as snow covering up the vehicles’ back ends can often make them camouflaged in blowing snow.

Police added that they are still finding drivers going too fast for the conditions and said they need to slow down, or the ticket they may get would be the least worrisome part of their snowy day.

Shortly after that incident, another accident took place just up the highway because of the high winds and blowing snow. Police were still investigating the crash as of 1:30 p.m.

For a day that was previously forcasted to be relatively clear of any severe weather, Wednesday saw a freakish storm whip through Deer Lake, creating hazardous driving conditions both in and outside the town.

Deer Lake superintendent Dave Thomas said snow removal crews got through the rough day.

“We’ve had crews out since 4 a.m.,” he said

“The biggest (challenge) today is that the snow drifts. We’ll clear an area and have to go back and do it again, but we’re getting through it.”

Organizations: Trans-Canada Highway

Geographic location: Deer Lake

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