By David Klassen
A two-vehicle Canada Day crash in Portage la Prairie that sent five people to hospital is being blamed on alcohol.
RCMP say a 1998 Ford Explorer travelling southbound on Yellowquill Trail was hit by an eastbound 2001 Pontiac Montana when the Explorer failed to stop while crossing the Trans-Canada Highway at about 8:30 p.m. on Thursday.
The 45-year-old male driver of the Montana and his three passengers, an adult female, 15-year-old male and 17-year-old female, were all taken to Portage General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. All occupants were from Alberta.
The driver of the Explorer — a 35-year-old Portage la Prairie man — was also taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
RCMP say charges are pending.