A multi-vehicle crash Friday morning killed a 28-year-old Winnipeg man just east of Mitchell, Manitoba.
The chain-reaction crash happened on Highway 52 as a stopped westbound gravel truck was about to turn southbound.
Before it could clear the intersection, a pickup rear-ended a van stopped immediately behind the truck being driven by a 19-year-old Ile-des-Chenes man.
The force pushed the van into the gravel truck and then into the oncoming lane, where it collided head-on with an eastbound vehicle.
The 28-year-old man and his 23-year-old female passenger were taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries. The man later died in hospital, while the woman suffered serious injuries.
The van’s driver was also transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and has since been released.
Alcohol is not a factor in the collision.
“We would like to remind all motorists to always be aware of their surroundings, vehicles can stop at any time, for any reason,” said Cst. Randy Belmore of the Steinbach RCMP.
“There needs to be a safe distance between your vehicle and the one ahead of you, not doing so endangers not only your life but the lives of everyone on our roads.”