Icy Manitoba Roads Keep RCMP Busy

A Pontiac Sunfire rear-ended a school bus on Highway 210 on Thursday, February 16, 2012. It was just one of many crashes RCMP responded to. (ST. PIERRE JOLY RCMP PHOTO)

The few centimetres of snow that fell on southern Manitoba overnight created slippery road conditions for motorists on Thursday.

Manitoba RCMP responded to several highway crashes all before 9 a.m., including a two-vehicle accident involving a school bus.

The crash happened on Highway 210 at about 8:30 a.m. 1.5 kilometres east of St. Adolphe. A school bus was stopped with its lights flashing when it was struck from behind by a sedan. Six children were on the bus at the time and two were about to board.

The driver and lone occupant of the sedan has been charged under the Highway Traffic Act. No injuries were reported.

Other crashes:

  • At about 6:30 a.m., two pickup trucks — one pulling a horse trailer — were involved in a side-by-side collision on Highway 83 just south of the Trans-Canada Highway. No serious injuries were reported.
  • At 8 a.m., a Beausejour RCMP cruiser was struck from behind while responding to a vehicle in the ditch. The officer was getting back into his car at the time the eastbound vehicle hit the rear, and was subsequently hit by a second vehicle. The police officer was transported to hospital for treatment of non life threatening injuries.
  • RCMP responded to a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 59 at about 8:15 a.m. two miles north of Highway 44. The woman driver and her passenger were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
  • As of just before 11 a.m., RCMP were tending to a crash involving a semi-trailer truck and a passenger van at the intersection of Highway 101 and Inkster Blvd. Two people in the van were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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