Crash Near Oak Lake Between Pickup, Semi Unavoidable: RCMP

By Sarah Klein

Oak Lake Crash
The aftermath of a crash involving a semi-trailer truck and a pickup on Highway 1 near Oak Lake on Monday, October 20, 2014. (RCMP HANDOUT)

A two-vehicle crash near Oak Lake, Manitoba on Monday afternoon was unavoidable for the driver of a semi truck, according to RCMP.

The semi collided with a pickup truck on Highway 1 near PR 254, with both vehicles ending up in opposite ditches.

RCMP say the semi was transporting beams of steel when a GMC Sierra entered the westbound lane from PR 254, directly in the path of the ongoing semi.

The 22-year-old Steinbach man driving the semi wasn’t injured, while the 41-year-old Sioux Valley Dakota Nation man driving the pickup was sent to hospital with minor injuries.

Two passengers in the Sierra, a 19-year-old man and 56-year-old man — both from the community — suffered more serious injuries.

Police say alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the collision.

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