Deceased driver originally from Mary’s Harbour
The 33-year old driver of a Dodge Ram pick-up truck who was killed after his vehicle left Highway 510 over the weekend was originally from Labrador.
“The man was originally from Mary’s Harbour, and he has been working in Labrador for the last year or so, living with a family member,” S/Sgt. Don Roberts told The Labradorian this morning.
“But he had been living in British Columbia for several years.”
The crash — which occurred just before noon on Aug. 9, approximately 120 kilometres east of the Churchill River bridge — also seriously injured the driver’s 34-year old passenger. Both men were thrown from the vehicle. The passenger was flown to the Labrador Health Centre in serious condition. His status is not known at this time.
Rogers explained the scene of the accident has since been cleared, and the truck involved has been removed.
“Our traffic analyst is still conducting an investigation to determine what happened,” said Rogers.
“We're still trying to determine if alcohol or speed were factors in the accident, as well as whether or not seatbelts were used.”
Names of the victims have not yet been released.
Members of the Happy Valley-Goose Bay RCMP are still on the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident on the Trans Labrador Highway.
The accident occured yesterday, Aug. 9, approximately 120 kilometres east of the Churchill River bridge on Highway 510 at 11:40 a.m. Labrador time.
“It was a single-vehicle accident, with one fatality and one person injured,” S/Sgt. Don Rogers told The Labradorian at 9:15 p.m. this evening.
The injured person was transported via medevac by helicopter to hospital in Happy Valley-Goose Bay with what is described as serious — but non-life threatening — injuries.
Rogers also noted the deceased in this case was not from Newfoundland and Labrador.
“The persons involved appear to be from out of the area,” he said. “But until next of kin are notified, we are not releasing further details on the home province or the name of the deceased.”
Rogers said early investigation appears to indicate the 33-year old driver lost control of his 2007 Dodge pick-up while negotiating a turn in the road. Both he and his 34-year old passenger were ejected from the vehicle as the truck rolled serval times.
“We're still trying to determine if alcohol or speed were factors in the accident, as well as whether or not seatbelts were used,” said Rogers.
He said it appears the driver was killed instantly.
Rogers said travelers who came across the accident scene rendered aid as best they could and contacted emergency services.
“I would like to extend condolences to the family of the deceased and thank those who rendered aid on the scene,” he said.
Rogers added a traffic analyst from the island is enroute to Labrador to help determine the cause of the accident.
“Our members will remain on the scene into (today, Aug. 10) for sure,” he said.