A four-vehicle crash on the Trans-Canada Highway east of Winnipeg tied up traffic for several hours on Friday evening.
Just before 7:30 p.m., RCMP responded to the crash at Provincial Road 51 East near Richer, Manitoba
Police say traffic was slowing down to enter a construction zone when a pickup truck travelling at a high rate of speed rear-ended a car. The car then hit the trailer of the SUV in front of it, which then hit the van in front. The SUV and the car both caught on fire.
A woman was pulled from her burning car by the male driver of the SUV and others in the area. Three children were also also able to make it out of the SUV.
The 38-year-old woman driving the van and her passengers were uninjured. The 45-year-old man driving the SUV suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital. The children were uninjured. The 41-year-old woman driver and lone occupant of the car suffered serious injuries. She was transported to Winnipeg hospital where she remains in critical condition. The 32-year-old woman driving the pickup truck and her passenger suffered minor injuries and were taken to local hospital. All those involved are from Winnipeg.
Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the collision.
Traffic was rerouted until around 4 a.m. on Saturday.
RCMP continue to investigate.