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A 39-year-old woman died after her car went off the Trans-Canada Highway Thursday morning during a snowstorm in eastern Newfoundland.

The woman died after she was transported to hospital in Clarenville.

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The passenger of a car that landed in this ditch near the Trans-Canada Highway was killed Thursday, police said. ((Submitted by Ulf Teschendorff))

The driver of another car, a 42-year-old woman, was transported to hospital in Clarenville and then to the Health Sciences Centre in St. John's with very serious injuries, police said.

An RCMP news release said officers found two vehicles when they were called to an accident west of Clarenville after 8:30 a.m.

One vehicle was in the ditch beside the east-bound lane, facing the road. The second vehicle was facing west on the Trans-Canada Highway.

Highway conditions at the time were slushy and partly covered although plows/salt trucks had been out in that area since before 6:30 a.m., according to police.

Police also said it was snowing at the time with large flakes reducing visibility.

Witnesses were being interviewed by police.

Police did not release the identities of the victims, but they said the drivers of both vehicles are from the Clarenville region.