It was a deadly ten hours on Manitoba’s highways with a trio of crashes on Saturday that killed three people and injured eleven.
At around 12:30 p.m., RCMP responded to a four vehicle collision at Pipeline Road and the Perimeter Highway.
Nine people were treated at the scene. A nine year old girl was rushed to hospital in critical condition while a 71 year old woman was also taken from the scene in unstable condition. Both are still in hospital, but have been upgraded to stable condition.
Police say one of the vehicles travelling southbound did not stop at a red light and was T-boned by a mini-van.
About 20 minutes following that collision, Brandon RCMP were called out to an ATV crash south of Shilo, MB.
It appears the the ATV was speeding in a ditch when it hit an embankment. This caused the ATV to travel through the air. The landing caused serious injuries to the two men riding the ATV.
The 59 year old and 51 year old from Brandon died at the scene.
At around 9:50 p.m. that night, Killarney RCMP were called out to a rollover on Highway 23 near Ninette, MB.
A 32 year old man was pronounced dead at the scene. Two others suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Police say alcohol is believed to be a factor in that rollover.
“This is a tragedy,” said Inspector Ed Moreland, Officer in Charge of Traffic Services for the Manitoba RCMP.
“We are continuously seeing drivers put their lives and the lives of others at risk by driving impaired, speeding or simply not paying attention. There is no possible excuse for this behaviour and unless all Manitobans commit to safe driving, this loss of life will continue to occur. For those drivers on our roads that choose to put the lives of others in danger, the Manitoba RCMP will be doing everything it can to stop them and hold them accountable for their actions.”