Com­mu­ni­ties in shock

Sop’s Arm and Pol­lard’s Point women killed in col­li­sion

The Western Star - - Front Page - BY DI­ANE CROCKER dcrocker@thewest­ern­ Twit­ter: WS_DianeCrocker

Sop’s Arm and Pol­lard’s Point may be two com­mu­ni­ties, but they are so close that they are ba­si­cally one.

And learn­ing that two women from those com­mu­ni­ties were killed in Wed­nes­day morn­ing’s head-on col­li­sion on the Trans-Canada High­way near How­ley Junc­tion has left a dark cloud over the area.

Lois Pittman is the town clerk for the Sop’s Arm lo­cal ser­vice district. She was at work at the post of­fice when word came that a 56-year-old woman from Sop’s Arm and a 44-year-old woman from Pol­lard’s Point had died in the hor­ri­fy­ing crash. A 71-year-old man from Labrador was also killed and two other peo­ple were taken to hospi­tal in Cor­ner Brook.

As peo­ple came into the post of­fice that day, Pittman said, they were shocked and numb.

“We didn’t know how to re­act. We just couldn’t quite grasp that we had lost two women in our com­mu­nity.”

Pittman said she had known the two women for a long time.

She said the Sop’s Arm woman was a very quiet per­son, but very friendly. She liked the out­doors — snow­mo­bil­ing and ice fish­ing. For years she was a knit­ter with the New­found­land Out­port Nurs­ing and In­dus­trial As­so­ci­a­tion (No­nia) in St. John’s.

The Pol­lard’s Point woman, she said, was out­go­ing and liked to so­cial­ize.

While there has been no or­ga­nized re­sponse to the tragedy, the close-knit com­mu­nity is do­ing what it can to sup­port the fam­i­lies by bring­ing food and vis­it­ing.

“And I think that’s the way it is with every com­mu­nity when some­thing hap­pens like this. Every­body steps up to the plate and we do what­ever we can to help out un­der the cir­cum­stances.”

Coun­sel­lors are also avail­able at the lo­cal high school for stu­dents strug­gling with the ac­ci­dent.

The Deer Lake De­tach­ment of the Royal Cana­dian Mounted Po­lice said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the ac­ci­dent is con­tin­u­ing.


Traf­fic was de­layed for hours af­ter a two-ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent near How­ley Junc­tion on the Trans-Canada High­way Wed­nes­day.

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