Update: RCMP release name of woman who died Tuesday in accident on TCH near Clarenville

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Gloria Murphy, 52, of Charlottetown, Newfoundland, was the victim of Tuesday's motor vehicle collision near Shoal Harbour River on the Trans-Canada Highway near Clarenville.

The RCMP says the family agreed to release the name of their loved one.

The RCMP says the investigation into the cause of the collision is continuing.


(Story from Tuesday, Feb. 19)

The female passenger of an east-bound pickup truck died in a collision with another vehicle about half a kilometre west of Shoal Harbour River near Clarenville today, on the Trans Canada Highway.

The male driver of the east-bound, blue pickup truck and the male driver of the other vehicle —  a burgundy pickup truck — were taken to hospital in Clarenville with unknown injuries.

RCMP says the west-bound burgundy pickup truck driven by a lone male appears to have crossed the centre line of the highway and collided with the east-bound pickup.

Traffic has been reduced to one lane and police anticipate it may be up to two hours before the highway is fully opened.

RCMP Traffic Services is investigating the collision.

Police are asking the public, if at all possible, to avoid the area and exercise extreme caution while driving in winter conditions.

More details when they become available.


RCMP on the scene of a fatal accident near Clarenville, TC Media confirms.

More details to come.


Clarenville RCMP officers are on the scene of what they describe as a very serious motor vehicle collision on the Trans-Canada Highway near Clarenville at the Shoal Harbour Bridge. 

Fire department and ambulance are also on scene.  

Motorists in the area are advised to avoid the area as the TCH will be closed to allow emergency personal to deal with the accident. 

There are no initial reports as to the extent of injuries. Updates will be released as they become available. 

The RCMP urge everyone to avoid the area and exercise extreme caution while driving in winter conditions.


Organizations: Trans-Canada Highway, RCMP

Geographic location: Clarenville, Shoal Harbour

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Recent comments

  • Gary Davis
    February 24, 2013 - 01:29

    My heart goes out to the family of the woman who lost her life. My brother in law was the one who was driving the burgandy truck, he is in the hospital in very serious condition. He has many injuries, we are all pyaying for him, the other gentleman in hospital and for the precious life of the woman who died. It's time for our government to do something about the narrow highways across the island, not one more life should be lost.

  • Goldie Parsons
    February 22, 2013 - 22:33

    so sorry to hear the sad news! gloria was a wonderful inspiration to all her knew her! my condolences go out to all her friends and family! God Bless you all!

  • Muriel
    February 21, 2013 - 20:23

    Heartfelt condolences at this terrible time to the Murphy family and to the family of the other driver. Rest In Peace, My friend.

  • Concerned
    February 20, 2013 - 05:37

    My sincere condolences to all family and friends impacted by this tragic event. Another justification for a province wide divided highway.....remember the "Roads for Rails" Program.....gov't blows all that money on all but upgrades to the TCH and our loved ones are paying the price.....

  • Busy Bayman
    February 19, 2013 - 13:04

    Unreal. How many head on collisions in the CV area over the past year or so? Too many!! Folks, please drive alert and slow down when the conditions are not suitable. Condolences to the womans family and friends.

  • Herb Greening
    February 19, 2013 - 11:05

    Thanks for the update. Appreciate it