Two taken to hospital after accident near South Brook

Five vehicles involved in accident, whiteout conditions a factor

Staff ~ The Nor'wester editor@thenorwester.ca
Published on March 17, 2014
Traffic was backed up near South Brook in a multi-vehicle accident earlier today.
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Two people were taken to hospital today following a multi-vehicle collision on the Trans Canada Highway near South Brook, which involved a transport truck colliding with a vehicle from behind.

 

Springdale RCMP say the accident happened at approximately 12:00pm on Monday, three kilometres east of South Brook.

Witnesses advised that traffic was slowing down as visibility and driving conditions were poor due to whiteout conditions. Cst. Julie Gordon says a Tractor Trailer travelling eastbound was unable to stop in time to avoid colliding with the vehicle in front of it, causing a chain reaction of collisions with five vehicles involved. 

One male was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. the extent of the injuries are unknown at this time. Cst. Gordon says a female driver who came upon the scene after the fact was also taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries after her vehicle was struck when she pulled over to the side of the road to assist with the initial collision.

The Trans Canada Highway was shut down for approximately three hours in this location while emergency services worked to clear the scene and get the injured persons to the hospital.

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[Earlier Story]

 

Emergency Response Crews from Springdale and South Brook are on the scene of a reported multi-vehicle accident near South Brook.

 

The accident reportedly happened east of South Brook, near Kona Beach at approximately 12:30pm. Traffic was backed up in both directions for what seems to be several kilometres, but according to witnesses, vehicles seem to be moving more now.

 

According to witnesses several vehicles appear to be involved, one of which is a transport truck. Injuries have not been confirmed. There are high winds and drifting snow in the area but no confirmation that those conditions contributed to the accident.

 

The norwester will provide more details as they become available.