Serious, but non life-threatening...
Accident sends six to Carbonear General
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.
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.