New Brunswick

Weather blamed in fatal crash between car, transport truck

The driver of a car was killed after losing control and crashing into a transport truck in eastern New Brunswick on Wednesday as freezing rain and snow fell on the province.

Crash happened in Canaan Station, about 35 kilometres north of Moncton

The driver of a car died after colliding with a transport truck on Route 126 in eastern New Brunswick Wednesday. (David Bell/CBC)

Icy roads are being blamed for a fatal crash that happened in eastern New Brunswick on Wednesday afternoon.

The driver of a car travelling north on Route 126 died after crashing into a transport truck travelling in the opposite direction in Canaan Station, said Marc Henrie, deputy chief of the Saint-Paul Fire Station.

Henrie said his department received a call about the crash — which happened about 35 kilometres north of Moncton — shortly after 1 p.m.

"Just in our response to the call, when we when we hit [Route] 126 ... the roads were very, very icy. So we, we responded with great precaution and I'm guessing the roads were probably one of the reasons for that accident."

Henrie declined to provide more information about the victim but said they were the only occupant in the car.

The driver of the transport truck was not injured, he said.

The New Brunswick RCMP, on social media Wednesday, said Route 126 at Canaan Station had been closed and traffic was being diverted.

Snowfall, freezing rain warnings issued

The crash came after Environment and Climate Change Canada issued snow and freezing rain warnings for much of New Brunswick on Wednesday.

The stormy weather also prompted the closures of all schools in the Anglophone North and Francophone Northeast districts.

Schools in Francophone Northwest, Anglophone West and Francophone South closed at noon.

Snowfall warnings were issued for Mount Carleton, Miramichi, Grand Falls, Victoria County, Edmundston, Madawaska County, the Acadian Peninsula, Bathurst and the Chaleur region, Campbellton and Restigouche County.

The warnings said snow would begin spreading across the province from southwest to northeast beginning late Wednesday morning, becoming heavy at times in the afternoon.

Environment Canada said the heaviest amounts were expected over parts of Restigouche County, where up to 30 centimetres of snow could fall.

Some areas in central New Brunswick were expected to get freezing rain Wednesday afternoon before the precipitation turned back to snow tonight. 

"All precipitation will taper off from west to east in the late overnight hours," the warning says.

Winter storm warnings also issued

Environment Canada also issued a winter storm warning for Woodstock and Carleton County, and the Stanley, Doaktown and Blackville areas. Those kinds of warnings are issued when multiple types of severe winter weather are expected to occur together.

In these areas, Environment Canada forecasted 15 to 25 centimetres of snow, and freezing rain for a period of three to six hours.

The warning said snow would begin late Wednesday morning then mix with or change to freezing rain or ice pellets in the afternoon afternoon.

"Precipitation will change back to predominantly snow late this evening before ending by Thursday morning," the warning said.

"Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. Ice build-up may cause tree branches to break."