Three People Killed on Icy Manitoba Highways

Three people were killed Friday in the wake of two separate accidents on Manitoba highways.

The first crash killed two people in a head-on collision north of Winnipeg.

RCMP say the two-vehicle accident happened at about 2:40 p.m. on Highway 59 between the intersections of Highway 12 and Stead Road.

The driver of a minivan travelling southbound lost control and collided with a northbound pickup truck carrying four adults from the Fort Alexander area.

Two adults from the minivan — a 71-year-old man and a 56-year-old woman — perished in the crash. A three-year-old girl was a passenger in the van and transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. RCMP say the two adults are believed to be common law.

All four adults in the pickup truck were taken to hospital with undetermined injuries.

Alcohol is not considered a factor, but road conditions were very poor at the time and are believed to have contributed to the crash.

Highway 59 was closed for five hours while police investigated.

In the second incident, RCMP responded to a crash on Highway 6 and Road 4E between the communities of Gross Isle and Gordon in the RM of Rosser at about 4:40 p.m.

Police say the driver of a southbound SUV lost control and collided with a northbound car on Highway 6.

The 42-year-old man in the northbound vehicle was killed, while his spouse was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The deceased was from Warren.

The 58-year-old Winnipeg man driving the SUV was also taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

RCMP continue to investigate, but say poor road conditions are considered a factor.

Updated at 9:30 p.m. with additional details.


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