The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary ticketed multiple rubberneckers with phones in hand following an accident that shut down both sides of the Outer Ring Road in St. John's on Thursday morning.
The police force said several drivers passed by the multi-vehicle crash with their phones out, taking pictures and recording video of the scene.
"Please pass through the collision scene attentively with first responders on foot," reads a post from the constabulary on social media.
The crash happened around 8:30 a.m. near the Team Gushue exit on the Outer Ring Road. Traffic quickly backed up in both directions of the divided highway, clogging all four lanes for long stretches.
Police made the decision to close the highway around 9 a.m. More updates are expected throughout the morning.