Driver of car in Terra Nova crash apparently lost control, crossed centre line, say police

Holyrood police say a crash that injured three people on the Trans-Canada Highway near Glovertown Friday morning appears to have been caused by one of the vehicles losing control.

The crash, at Big Brook Bridge, east of Terra Nova National Park's Newman Sound entrance, was initially reported as a head-on collision.

But Holyrood RCMP told CBC on Friday afternoon that it appears that the driver of a car heading east lost control on the bridge deck, crossed the centre line of the highway and collided with a van driving west.

RCMP say all three people involved — all from Newfoundland and Labrador — were injured. The middle-aged man and woman in the car were seriously injured, while the middle-aged driver of the van suffered a minor injury to his leg.

Police are looking to speak with anyone who witnessed the crash, which happened around 7:30 a.m., and added poor weather seems to have been a factor in the crash.

The highway was temporarily closed in both directions, but has since been reopened. Police are investigating, and say that the weather was clear at the time of the crash.

Brookings said extraction equipment was needed to get people out of the heavily damaged vehicles.

Five ambulances arrived on the scene at one point, he said.