Man Killed in Crash on Icy Winter Road

A 37-year-old man from Bloodvein has died after a single-vehicle crash on a winter road in Manitoba.

RCMP say the man and his wife were travelling about 10 kilometres east of the Loon Strait junction — east of Bloodvein First Nation — when their pickup truck hit a patch of ice at about 1 a.m. Tuesday. The crash happened when the vehicle lost control and rolled, ending up on its roof. The man’s wife was able to make it out of the vehicle and create a fire to stay warm, while her husband perished at the scene.

A passing motorist came to the woman’s aid about two hours later and took her to the Bloodvein nursing station.

The couple was heading back to Bloodvein First Nation from Pine Falls at the time of the crash.

Police have identified the driver as John Weiss, bringing the total number of fatalities on Manitoba roads this year to 109.

RCMP are reminding the public to use caution when driving as recent weather temperatures have created hazardous conditions and very slippery sections in some areas.