RNC investigating report that vehicle was stolen
A male driver of an SUV involved in a collision early this morning on the Trans-Canada Highway near St. Judes has died in hospital after being transported to Western Memorial Regional Hospital by ambulance.
The RCMP said the vehicle struck a highway sign in the ditch and then rolled over before coming to rest on the driver's side around 4:30 a.m. according to witnesses.
A male passenger was also transported to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. RCMP Traffic Services West and a collision analyst, along with members from the identification unit conducted a scene examination with the assistance of Deer Lake detachment members.
Traffic was reduced to one lane for several hours this morning while police investigated and removed the vehicle wreckage. An investigation is continuing into the cause of the collision.
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) in Corner Brook also issued a news release today regarding a reported stolen vehicle from a residence on the west side of the city, which was involved in a single-vehicle collision near Deer Lake early this morning.
The RCMP has confirmed for The Telegram that this is the same collision in which the driver died.
The RNC says it was was notified by the RCMP of the single-vehicle crash on the Trans-Canada Highway near Deer Lake around 5:30 a.m. Further investigation determined the vehicle was stolen from a residence on Atlantic Avenue in Corner Brook.
The RNC is asking anyone who has any information to contact the RNC at 637-4100 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can also provide information anonymously on the N.L. Crime Stoppers website at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.