Fiery crash

Ac­ci­dent on TLH un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion

The Labradorian - - FRONT PAGE - BY BON­NIE LEARN­ING

The Royal New­found­land Con­stab­u­lary (RNC) and Oc­cu­pa­tional Health and Safety con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate the cause of a two-ve­hi­cle col­li­sion that oc­curred on July 30.

A trac­tor-trailer and a grader col­lided ap­prox­i­mately 50 kilo­me­tres out­side of Churchill Falls on the Trans Labrador High­way (kilo­me­tre 310) on July 29.

The ac­ci­dent hap­pened at around 2: 35 p. m., with the trac­tor- trailer burst­ing into flames at the scene.

“The op­er­a­tor of the grader aided in re­mov­ing the trac­tor-trailer op­er­a­tor safely from the burn­ing ve­hi­cle and paramedics in a Nal­cor he­li­copter trans­ported the 25-year-old male of the Goulds to the Labrador Health Cen­ter in Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay for treat­ment,” said RNC Insp. Paula Walsh.

As o f p ress- tim e , t he man re­mained in hos­pi­tal in sta­ble con­di­tion with in­juries that are not be­lieved to be life-threat­en­ing.

RNC Labrador West Patrol Ser­vices had closed the high­way for sev­eral hours af­ter the crash, while Nal­cor Fire & Se­cu­rity per­son­nel, along with the Dept. of Nat­u­ral Re­sources wa­ter bomber and ground crew pro­tected the nearby wooded area and con­tained the fire that re­sulted on the trac­tor trailer A front-end loader pro­vided by Hum­ber Val­ley Paving at the scene also as­sisted po­lice in ren­der­ing the area safe.

The RNC are ap­peal­ing to any­one who may have wit­nessed the in­ci­dent or may have been in the im­me­di­ate area to con­tact the RNC at 9447602. In­for­ma­tion can be pro­vided anony­mously by call­ing Crime Stop­pers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or on the NL Crime Stop­pers Web­site at www.nl­crimestop­pers.com

Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay will be show­ing its ‘pride’ on Aug. 10, as plans for ‘PRIDE in the Park’ are well un­der­way. The Labrador Safe Al­liance will be host­ing the event. The Labrador Safe Al­liance is a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to the in­ter­ests and well-be­ing of les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual and trans­gen­dered (LGBT) per­sons by fos­ter­ing pos­i­tive at­ti­tudes both within and out­side the LBGT com­mu­nity. PRIDE (Pro­mot­ing Re­spect, In­clu­sion, Di­ver­sity and Equal­ity) cel­e­bra­tions are com­mon­place through­out North Amer­ica.Mayor Leo Ab­bass signed the procla­ma­tion for PRIDE Day on July 29 at Coun­cil cham­bers. Tak­ing part in the sign­ing with Mayor Ab­bass were (back, from left) Vickie Musseau, Safe Al­liance com­mit­tee mem­ber; Ali­son Keats, Col­lege of the North At­lantic; Karla Shaf­fer, Safe Al­liance com­mit­tee mem­ber; Nakita Mesher, Safe Al­liance com­mit­tee mem­ber; Shandi Davis, Safe Al­liance com­mit­tee mem­ber; Heidi Ap­plin, Safe Al­liance com­mit­tee mem­ber; and Heather Jen­nings-Brown, Safe Al­liance com­mit­tee mem­ber.

Pho­tos Brit­tany Roberts

Smoke and flames erupted at the scene of a trac­tor trailer-grader col­li­sion on the Trans Labrador High­way on July 30.

A wa­ter bomber was on scene of a fiery crash on the Trans Labrador High­way on the morn­ing of July 30.

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