*An update follows this story.
As many as five people may be dead after a head-on crash 3 km south of The Pas.
RCMP say a Chevrolet Cavalier and a Jeep collided at approximately 4:30 a.m. Friday on Highway 10. One of the vehicles was reported to be burnt.
There are fatalities from both vehicles, but the number of deceased hasn’t been confirmed yet.
Highway 10 is closed around the crash site and is expected to remain so for most of the day.
Further details will be released later.
UPDATE: 1:41 p.m. — Police say a man and woman from Winnipeg were travelling in the 2007 Jeep Wrangler. The man was flown to Winnipeg with unspecific injuries, while the woman did not survive. It’s believed they were heading north at the time.
The 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier was heading south carrying four people — none of whom survived. Forensic tests will be done to confirm their identities. The Cavalier was registered to an owner in The Pas.
Road conditions at the time were reported to be in good condition, police say. The speed limit on the stretch of highway were the accident occurred is 100 km/h.
Both vehicles were badly burned in the collision.
No names or ages have been released.
UPDATE: 6:30 p.m. — Aboriginal singer Errol Ranville of the C-Weed Band was involved in the crash and transported to hospital. His wife, Marcie, did not survive. Both were travelling in the Jeep.
His family released the following statement through the Health Sciences Centre:
We thank all family, friends and fans for your concern for Errol and his family.
Errol is stable and we believe he will be okay. Unfortunately, his wife did not survive.
We are requesting prayers for Errol’s family and the families in The Pas.
More details will be released as we get more information. Until then, we ask that you please respect our privacy.
Only Errol and his wife were in his vehicle.
UPDATE: October 9 — A Health Sciences Centre spokesperson says Errol Ranville is now listed in stable condition. No further information was available.