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Man dead after collision with two transport trucks in western Newfoundland

The RCMP responded to a fatal highway crash in western Newfoundland on Friday morning. (CBC - image credit)
The RCMP responded to a fatal highway crash in western Newfoundland on Friday morning. (CBC - image credit)

Police say a 37-year-old  man is dead after a crash on the Trans-Canada Highway in western Newfoundland.

RCMP say the man was driving a pickup truck near Georges Lake — between Corner Brook and Stephenville — around 4 a.m. Friday when he crossed  the centre line and collided with two oncoming tractor trailers.

The man — who wasn't wearing a seat belt and was the only person in the pickup truck, say police — was thrown from the vehicle and killed.

Police say the drivers of the transport trucks weren't hurt, but one of their passengers was seriously injured.

In a press release sent in the wake of the crash, an RCMP spokesperson said people were speeding through the area and taking pictures of the scene. According to the release, police have ticketed some drivers and asked them to slow down and stay off their cellphones.

The RCMP are still investigating.

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