Police are now confirming that the driver and sole occupant of an SUV travelling in the west-bound lane through Whitbourne has died, following a collision with a commercial transport truck, heading east on the Trans-Canada Highway through Whitbourne.
Emergency responders were called to the scene about 11:30 a.m. The driver of the truck was unharmed.
Six volunteer firefighters with the Whitbourne brigade used specialized extrication tools to remove the victim, who police say is from outside the province.
No identity will be released until next of kin are notified.
The collision occurred on a section of highway where the speed limit is reduced to 70 km. Investigators are not saying if speed was a factor.
The highway is now reopened and traffic flowing smoothly.
Highway slowly being reopened
The RCMP is in the process of slowly reopening the Trans-Canada Highway near the Irving station at Whitbourne, where a major accident occurred around noon today.
One lane is now open to both east and west-bound traffic.
There's still no official confirmation regarding the extent of injuries in the collision between a car and tractor-trailer.
TCH to be closed for hours at Whitbourne due to major accident
The RCMP and emergency crews are on the scene of a major accident on the Trans-Canada Highway near the Irving station at Whitbourne.
Reports are that a tractor trailer has collided with a vehicle.
No word at this time on the extent of any injuries.
The TCH — both eastbound and westbound — is closed to all traffic. A RCMP news advisory says the road could be closed for two hours. RCMP at the scene, however, say it could run to four to six hours.
Traffic is backed up for kilometres in both directions. Police are advising anyone planning to travel through the area today, to make alternate plans.
TC Media has a reporter on the scene and will provide updates as soon as possible.