The RCMP say the Trans-Canada Highway in eastern Newfoundland has been shut down because of a landslide.

The Mounties issued a brief statement saying a landslide in the Northwest Brook area east of Clarenville forced the closure of the highway.

Traffic has been rerouted and police say they expected the road to be closed throughout Saturday evening.

Clarenville is about 190 kilometres northwest of St. John's, N.L.