Emergency personnel responding to accident outside Port aux Basques

Driver trapped for extended time seen walking from scene before treated by paramedics

Published on April 21, 2017

The contents of a transport truck spilled after an accident on the Trans Canada Highway east of Port aux Basques earlier this afternoon.

©Photo courtesy of John Rene Roy

PORT AUX BASQUES, NL — A transport truck smashed through a guardrail, crashing into a ravine down a steep embankment, about 40 minutes drive east of Port aux Basques earlier this afternoon.

The driver — the lone occupant of the Day and Ross truck, which appears to have been carrying gardening equipment and supplies — was seen walking from the scene after being trapped for about an hour. He was then treated by paramedics at the crash site, before being taken to hospital in Port aux Basques just a short time ago.

The scene of the accident on the TCH east of Port aux Basques.
Photo courtesy of John Rene Roy

The contents of the container of the truck were thrown around during the crash, which occurred at an area known as Overfalls Brook near South Branch at about 1 p.m.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police responded to the accident, and remain at the scene. There appears to be no evidence the truck tried to stop or other signs of what could have caused the accident. It is sunshine, with no wind in the area, and the roads are clear.
The Gulf News will attempt to update the situation when more details become available.