Weather blamed in fatal accident between car and transport truck
Icy roads are blamed for a fatal crash in eastern New Brunswick on Wednesday afternoon.
The driver of a car traveling north on Route 126 died after hitting an oncoming transport truck at Canaan station, said Marc Henrie, deputy chief of the Saint-Paul fire station.
Henrie said his department received a call about the crash – which happened about 35 kilometers north of Moncton – shortly after 1 p.m.
“Just in our response to the call, when we knocked [Route] 126 … the roads were very, very icy. So we reacted very carefully and I guess the roads were probably one of the reasons for this accident. “
Henrie declined to provide more information about the victim, but said they were the sole occupant of the car.
The driver of the transport truck was not injured, he said.
New Brunswick RCMP, on social media Wednesday, said Route 126 at the Canaan station had been closed and traffic was diverted.
Snowfall, Freezing Rain Warnings Issued
The accident came after Environment and Climate Change Canada issued warnings for snow and freezing rain for much of New Brunswick on Wednesday.
The stormy weather also resulted in the closure of all schools in the English-speaking districts of the North and French-speaking districts of the North-East.
Schools in the French-speaking Northwest, the English-speaking West and the French-speaking South closed at noon.
Due to the impending storm and road conditions that have started to worsen, ASD-W schools will close at noon today.
Snow warnings have been issued for Mount Carleton, Miramichi, Grand Falls, Victoria County, Edmundston, Madawaska County, Acadian Peninsula, Bathurst and the Chaleur region, Campbellton and Restigouche County.
The warnings indicated that snow would begin to spread across the Southwest to Northeast Province from late Wednesday morning, occasionally becoming heavy in the afternoon.
Environment Canada said the greatest amounts were expected in parts of Restigouche County, where up to 30 centimeters of snow could fall.
Parts of central New Brunswick were expected to receive freezing rain Wednesday afternoon before the precipitation turned to snow this evening.
“All precipitation will decrease from west to east by late night,” the warning said.
Winter storm warnings have also been issued
Environment Canada has also issued a winter storm warning for Woodstock and Carleton County, as well as the areas of Stanley, Doaktown and Blackville. These types of warnings are issued when several types of severe winter weather conditions are expected to occur together.
In these areas, Environment Canada forecast 15 to 25 centimeters of snow and freezing rain for a period of three to six hours.
The warning said the snow would start late Wednesday morning and then mingle or change to freezing rain or sleet in the afternoon.
“Precipitation will return to mostly snow late this evening before ending Thursday morning,” the warning said.
“Surfaces such as highways, roads, driveways and parking lots can become difficult to navigate due to snow accumulation. Ice build-up can cause tree branches to break. “