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Both drivers died when tractor trailers collided on the TCH near Bishop’s Falls

Written by Javed Iqbal

Bright orange flames surround a truck, which is on the side of the mound.  Thick black smoke towers over his head.
An eyewitness photo provided to CBC News shows a tractor trailer on fire on the Trans-Canada Highway near Bishop’s Falls Wednesday night. (Submitted / Name withheld by CBC)

Two people have died after a frontal collision on the Trans Canada Highway in central Newfoundland on Wednesday night.

Two tractor-trailers crashed shortly before noon. 21 NT.

Both trucks carried heavy loads and bread on fire, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

“Apparently there was an explosion,” said Gary Harnum, chief of Bishop’s Falls Fire Department, who added firefighters were called to the crash just before dark.

Harnum said there were a lot of flames and thick black smoke billowing from the two trucks as they approached the collision.

While he said it only took firefighters about 10 or 15 minutes to put out the fire, Harnum described the accident as nasty.

“It was probably one of the biggest, biggest accident scenes for a fire in a long time,” he said.

He said fuel and rubber were burning, as well as a log house on one of the tractor trailers, leaving a large mess along the road that needed to be cleaned up.

Part of the Trans-Canada Highway in central Newfoundland remains closed Thursday as police investigators gathered evidence in which two tractor-trailer collided.

Police expect the area between exits 21 and 22 to be closed for several days while police process and clean up the scene.

Traffic is still being diverted through Bishop’s Falls. Harnum asked motorists to slow down as they drove through the city.

Police are asking witnesses or others with dashcam footage to contact the RCMP in Grand Falls-Windsor.

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