In the morning of Friday, Sept. 13, RCMP in Springdale, along with other emergency vehicles, responded to a report of a two-vehicle collision on the Trans Canada Highway.
The incident happened just before 11:00am that morning, and crews were on the scene right away. The accident took place approximately 12 kilometers west of the Route 410 turn-off, near Fort Birchy. When crews arrived on the scene they discovered there had been a collision between a SUV and a transport truck.
Traffic was immediately shut down in both east and west bound lanes as crews carried out their work and investigation. Over the next several hours, vehicles were lined up on both sides of the highway, stretching back several kilometers past the accident. At one point, traffic was likely in the range of 10km long on either side of the incident.
After several hours, traffic was open to one lane, only, which relieved some traffic, however, it was then closed again until later that evening before both lanes were open fully.
According to an RCMP news release, the driver and only occupant of the sport utility vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and only occupant of the transport truck was transported to hospital in Springdale for treatment of non life threatening injuries.
RCMP Traffic Services are continuing their investigation and the identity of the deceased was not released.