Se­ri­ous, but non life-threat­en­ing...

Ac­ci­dent sends six to Car­bon­ear Gen­eral

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BILL BOW­MAN

Six peo­ple were treated for “se­ri­ous but non­life threat­en­ing in­juries,” at the Car­bon­ear Gen­eral Hospi­tal last week, after two-ve­hi­cles col­lided on Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial High­way.

The ac­ci­dent oc­curred just be­fore 11 a.m. Tues­day, Aug. 16 ap­prox­i­mately one kilo­me­tre south­west of the Har­bour Grace exit ( Jamie’s Way), ac­cord­ing to Trin­ity Con­cep­tion District RCMP.

Po­lice closed a sec­tion of the high­way be­tween Har­bour Grace and Til­ton for about five hours while a para­medic, and mem­bers of the Har­bour Grace Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade freed vic­tims from the ve­hi­cles and

turned them over to Emer­gency Med­i­cal Ser­vices (EMS) per­son­nel op­er­at­ing the am­bu­lances, which took them to the hospi­tal.

Const. Dave Loader, the RCMP of­fi­cer in charge of the ac­ci­dent scene told The Com­pass a para­medic from East­ern Health just hap­pened to be pass­ing along the stretch of high­way where the ac­ci­dent oc­curred, and was able to help the vic­tims be­fore po­lice or fire-fight­ers ar­rived at the scene.

Thrown from ve­hi­cle

One of the pas­sen­gers, who was among four peo­ple in­side a west­bound Chevy Avalanche was thrown from that ve­hi­cle, after it rolled over and landed on its wheels in the bushes on the north side of the high­way, Const. John Hedges told The Com­pass.

Har­bour Grace Fire Chief Ray Verge said the young man thrown from the ve­hi­cle was sit­ting in the back seat.

Chief Verge said they had to use an hy­draulic tool known as the “jaws of life” to ex­tri­cate two fe­male pas­sen­gers from the ve­hi­cle, while the driver was able to free him­self.

Verge also con­firmed two of the vic­tims in the ve­hi­cle had to be trans­ferred to the Health Sci­ences Cen­tre in St. John’s, where they were be­ing treated for se­ri­ous in­juries at last re­port.

Shaken up

Mean­while, two peo­ple in an east­bound Chevy Cav­a­lier con­vert­ible were also “shaken up” but not as se­ri­ously in­jured as those in the other ve­hi­cle.

The fire chief cred­ited the driver of the Cav­a­lier with “mak­ing some wise de­ci­sions to avoid the truck,” which had ap­par­ently passed a line of ve­hi­cles be­fore hit­ting the car.

“ That driver should be com­mended for his quick think­ing, and ac­tion in avoid­ing what could have been a head-on col­li­sion,” Verge said.

The Cav­a­lier re­mained on the high­way sev­eral hun­dred feet from the other ve­hi­cle.

An ac­ci­dent re­con­struc­tion spe­cial­ist from the RCMP’s high­way traf­fic di­vi­sion in Holy­rood was also at the scene in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of the mishap.

Road con­di­tions bad

“It was rain­ing at the time of the ac­ci­dent,” Const. Hedges noted, ad­ding, “road con­di­tions were pretty bad.”

Ruts in the pave­ment were still filled with wa­ter when a Com­pass pho­tog­ra­pher vis­ited the scene shortly after the ac­ci­dent.

Const. Hedges could not say if hy­droplan­ing con­trib­uted to the ac­ci­dent. The con­sta­ble said they couldn’t say what caused the mishap un­til they re­ceive the col­li­sion analyst’s re­port. He was able to say al­co­hol was not a fac­tor. Both ve­hi­cles were writ­ten off. The mishap was among 16 col­li­sions re­ported to RCMP be­tween Aug. 10 and 16. Also see po­lice re­port in­side this week’s is­sue.

One of the four peo­ple in this Chevy Avalanche was thrown from the ve­hi­cle when it left Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial High­way after col­lid­ing with an­other ve­hi­cle and rolled over land­ing on its wheels in the bushes.

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