Family sent to hospital after truck drives over embankment

A family of five, including two children, had to be rescued from a truck that plunged down an embankment off the highway in Holyrood Sunday night.
Police responded to the crash around 6 p.m. Sunday. The pickup truck came to rest in a brook at the bottom of a steep embankment off the Trans-Canada Highway. (RCMP)

A family of five, including two children, had to be rescued from a truck that plunged down an embankment off the highway in Holyrood Sunday.

The RCMP said road conditions were poor around 6 p.m., when the accident happened about 50 kilometres west of St. John's. 

Police said a mother, father, mother-in-law, a two-year-old and a seven-month-old were travelling towards St. John's on the Trans-Canada Highway when the pickup truck they were in went over an embankment near the Holyrood access road and ended up in a brook. 

All five people, including a toddler and baby, were taken to hospital with minor injuries. They were later released. (RCMP)

Emergency crews used the Jaws of Life to cut the top of the cab off, and get the family to safely.

"Road conditions were extremely poor at the time with snow and ice build-up on the highway," said an RCMP news release Monday. 

All were taken to hospital and have since been released. Only minor injuries were reported. 

Police say road conditions were poor when the accident happened. (RCMP)