Police were called to the scene of a serious highway crash early Thursday, when a transport truck carrying a load of capelin overturned in the westbound ditch of the Trans-Canada Highway near Howley.

Deer Lake RCMP said the driver and passenger, both from Ontario, were taken to hospital in Corner Brook with critical injuries and were scheduled to be airlifted to hospital in St. John's for further examination.

A transport truck driver who witnessed the accident said he had seen a moose on the road at the time.

Transportation and Works department workers were called in to clean up the fish that covered the highway.