Alcohol a Factor in Two Weekend Crashes

By Brian Schultz

Alcohol is being blamed on two separate crashes heading into the long weekend.

The first happened Friday evening shortly after 5 p.m. when the driver of a vehicle lost control on Provincial Road 450 and rolled into the ditch.

The 69-year-old male driver from Lake Metigoshe, Manitoba was taken to hospital in stable condition.

RCMP say the vehicle was travelling southbound at the time, about 14 kilometres south of Highway 3.

The second crash happened Friday at about 11:30 p.m. when a vehicle rolled in the west ditch off the Perimeter Highway just north of McGillivray Boulevard.

The vehicle was heading northbound at the time when it drove over the meridian, crossing into the southbound lane.

The male driver was taken to hospital with unknown injuries.

Drivers in both crashes were reportedly wearing seat belts at the time, but police say alcohol was a contributing factor.

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