SUV’s Plunge Off Disraeli Bridge Fatal for Woman

Emergency personnel tend to an SUV that landed on the frozen Red River after plunging off the Disraeli Bridge on Wednesday, January 18, 2012. (SHANE GIBSON / METRO WINNIPEG)
An SUV sits on its roof below the Disraeli Bridge on Wednesday. (SHANE GIBSON / METRO WINNIPEG)

The 19-year-old woman whose vehicle plunged off the Disraeli Bridge Wednesday afternoon has died.

The woman’s SUV broke through the metal barrier on the Disraeli Bridge near Henderson Highway at about 2:30 p.m. yesterday, causing the vehicle to land on its roof on the frozen Red River below. Road conditions on the bridge were said to be extremely icy at the time of the crash.

Rescue crews rushed to the scene and began extricating the woman from the vehicle before transporting her to hospital in unstable condition. Winnipeg police confirmed the woman later succumbed to her injuries.

Traffic on the bridge began to flow again at about 9:30 p.m., and the investigation into the crash is continuing.

The woman’s name hasn’t been released.

UPDATE: Friends have identified the woman as Kaitlyn Fraser. Police say she was travelling southbound on the bridge at the time when she lost control. Fraser’s SUV hit another vehicle before breaking through the guardrail and falling about 45 feet to the riverbank below.

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