Weekend Crashes Close Highways

By Sarah Klein

RCMP were kept busy over the weekend attending multiple car accidents in the province and northwestern Ontario.

The first crash happened Saturday evening on Highway 17 at PR 673, Shoal Lake Road, about 10 km east of the Manitoba/Ontario border. The highway was closed in both directions for several hours after a collision involving three tractor-trailer units and two cars.

RCMP said there were no major injuries in the crash, and reopened one lane to traffic by 1:30 a.m. on Sunday.

In the second incident, Highway 12 was closed 1 km north of Beausejour at the Highway 44 junction on Sunday morning. A pick-up truck and a minivan were involved in an accident, which sent the driver of the truck and two people in the van to hospital with minor injuries.

The highway reopened roughly 30 minutes later.

Road conditions are believed to be factors in both crashes.

In Winnipeg, 10 people were arrested for impaired driving since Friday night as part of the annual Holiday Check Stop Program. There have now been 58 arrests at the halfway point of the program, which concludes on January 2.


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