A 49-year-old woman from western P.E.I. died Wednesday morning when her car skidded off the highway in Tyne Valley, say RCMP.

The car rolled over and the woman was ejected from the vehicle. She was not wearing a seatbelt. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Preliminary investigation indicated the vehicle hydroplaned on some water. It slid off the road and flipped over a snowbank, rolling first onto its roof before coming to a rest back on its wheels.

The driver was thrown out through the passenger side window. Her name is being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin.

In a news release, RCMP warned drivers that with temperatures rising, sections of roadway can quickly become covered in water from melting snowbanks. The news release also noted the chances of surviving a rollover are much better if you are wearing a seatbelt.


  • RCMP originally reported this accident as occurring Tuesday morning.
    Mar 13, 2013 1:24 PM AT