Lumber could be seen spread across the road after the multi-vehicle crash on the Trans-Canada Highway between Brandon and Virden

Multi-vehicle collision on Hwy 1

April 12, 2018 12:11 pm

Slippery roads caused multiple crashes in western Manitoba Thursday morning, including one involving four semi-trailer trucks and a pickup on Highway 1 between Brandon and Virden.

Sgt. Paul Managire, a spokesperson for the RCMP, said no life-threatening injuries were reported as a result of the multi-truck crash.

A load of lumber spilled across the road in the Thursday morning accident, and a 70 km stretch of the highway between Brandon and Virden was closed for the morning on Thursday.

Manaigre said at this point, RCMP believe the crash was caused by slippery roads.

Earlier Thursday morning, poor driving conditions and another crash had already shut down part of Highway 1 in the area.

Manaigre said slippery roads caused a handful of other collisions on the same stretch of highway, but officers had yet to get to them because of the large collision.

Western Manitoba got more than five centimetres of snow on Wednesday, with a light snowfall starting in the mid-afternoon but becoming heavy around 11 p.m.

Icy roads could cause delays or cancellations of Brandon School Division services on Thursday, the division warned in a morning news release. Its buses were still running when the division sent the release around 7 a.m., but it advised caution to people travelling inside and outside the city.

No life-threatening injuries were reported as a result of the multi-vehicle crash wast of Brandon, RCMP said.

On Wednesday evening, there was a semi rollover with no injuries between Percival and Whitewood on Highway 1