WINNIPEG – A number of recent crashes has again prompted calls to make one of the most dangerous highways in Manitoba safer.
Highway 6 runs from Winnipeg up through the Interlake into northern Manitoba. There have been two fatal crashes on the road this week alone.
Tuesday afternoon a crash between a car and a pickup closed the highway in the area of Woodlands.
Police say the car was going north when it crossed the line and smashed into a pickup, setting both cars on fire.
The driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene. The pickup driver was pulled from the wreckage by passers-by and airlifted to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
For years, a coalition of concerned residents has been calling on the province to do something. Lee Garfinkel says there have been a few improvements.
“They have added some passing lanes, and they have widened the road in certain areas, put on some paved shoulders, that sort of thing.”
Garfinkel admits it’s safer than it used to be, but says the highway still has its trouble spots.
“There still remains somewhat dangerous curves at Warren and Grosse Isle and Gordon that need to be worked out,”Garfinkel explains. “The curve at Warren is certainly a big one, it’s an ‘S’ curve. There have been a tremendous amount of accidents at those curves.”
On Monday, one person was killed in a crash involving a semi and a car. It happened around 4:30 a.m. on Highway 6 near the intersection of Highway 67.
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