Collapsed sections of the Trans-Canada Highway: Truck driver stranded here in Newfoundland

Collapsed section of the Trans-Canada Highway: a trucker got stuck here Newfoundland

MISE & Agrave; DAY

The Trans-Canada Highway has been cut in several places in Newfoundland since Tuesday due to heavy precipitation and a Quebec trucker is stranded there, stopped in a small isolated restaurant.

“I don't know when I'm going to leave,” says Mikael Vachon.

The trucker from Tring-Jonction, in Beauce, is stuck in the parking lot of Crabbe's River Restaurant, a typical trucker's stop equipped with a convenience store and a small restaurant, 100 kilometers from the Port-aux-Basques ferry./p>

The truck driver has been there since Tuesday after severe flooding swept up entire sections of the Trans-Canada Highway. “I left Saint-Jean on Tuesday morning, telling myself that I would park at the boat. I never surrendered, ”says Mr. Vachon.

Truck driver Mikael Vachon.

Caught in the storm

The latter, who is only on his third visit to the Maritime Island, was taken by the violence of the storm. Beyond the rain, the winds made driving extremely difficult.

“I didn't pass anyone on the road for 170 kilometers and got into the storm, I understood why. It started off with a bang, he says. My trailer was not full and the wind was blowing from my left, so I had to roll in the opposite lane so as not to tip into the ditch if the wind knocked me over. “

He eventually stopped at Crabbe’s River Restaurant, where another Quebec trucker informed him that the road was cut off in front of them. A dozen truckers are stuck in this little restaurant in the middle of nowhere.

“All that's around is wood. But I'm still happy to have it because my lunches were starting to be low. As long as we're able to eat, we're going to be OK, even if I wouldn't say no to a shower, “jokes the trucker.

A week of work

And after 48 hours, Mikael Vachon still does not know when he will be able to leave. The other Quebecer he met on the spot made the bet to take the road in the opposite direction to join the Argentia ferry, eight hours later, which was put back into service yesterday evening.

< p>“We're not even sure it's going to work because it's a boat that usually doesn't work from September, which is smaller and not used to receiving trucks. And the crossing lasts 15 hours. I preferred to wait here, “he says.

Except he might have a few more days. Passing road workers gave him contradictory versions. & Nbsp;

“One said maybe tomorrow, another told me Monday and a third told me about Wednesday next “, relates the driver who begins to find the time long. & nbsp;

” I occupy my days watching the time pass “, he adds. & nbsp;

The Newfoundland Minister of Transport has indicated that repairs could take a week or more.

Rainfall in Port-aux-Basques & nbsp;

Tuesday : 68 mm

Wednesday: 97 mm

Historical record in 24 hours between 20 and 30 November: 69.6 mm (21 November 1981) & nbsp;

  • Four sections of various highways in the region were washed away & nbsp; & nbsp;

Source: Environment Canada

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