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Trio of collisions kill four, send five to hospital

Two dead near Erickson, another two killed near Selkirk

Two people were killed and a third hospitalized after a head-on collision just south of Erickson on Thursday afternoon. Two more collisions on Thursday, elsewhere in Manitoba, killed two others and sent three more people to hospital.

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Two people were killed and a third hospitalized after a head-on collision just south of Erickson on Thursday afternoon. Two more collisions on Thursday, elsewhere in Manitoba, killed two others and sent three more people to hospital.

It was a deadly start to the Canada Day long weekend on Manitoba highways as at least four people died in a pair of collisions on Thursday afternoon, and more were hospitalized.

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(BRUCE BUMSTEAD / BRANDON SUN)

The first tragedy occurred Thursday afternoon at about 3 p.m. near Erickson.

Police say that a pick-up truck and a passenger vehicle were involved in a head-on collision that killed two people just south of the town.

The lone female occupant of the pick up truck was transported to hospital with undetermined injuries.

Both occupants of the car were pronounced dead at the scene. Their identities and ages have not been confirmed, although some media reports said there was one male and one female.

Highway 10 was closed between Highway 16 and 45 for about five and a half hours as officials dealt with the collision and its aftermath. It re-opened shortly after 9 p.m.

Later Thursday afternoon, a collision on Winnipeg's Perimeter Highway -- in a construction zone -- sent two more people to hospital.

Then, at about 8 p.m., a car and an SUV collided in the RM of St. Clements. A man and a woman driving a car were killed in the crash, while two people in an SUV were taken to hospital.

Police haven't released any names and continue to investigate all three collisions.

 

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Deep and sincere sympathies to the families of the deceased teenagers ,

The community of Brandon is in terrible SHOCK and MOURNING right now!

People are already upset about us having a parade and a celebration when there is such calamity and disaster ALL AROUND US in our neighboring communities fighting the high flooding waters of the Souris River.

Now there is this HUGE TRAGEDY with the loss of TWO of our Brandon School Division`s most recently graduated High School students.

PLEASE CANCEL THIS PARADE IMMEDIATELY!

This is NO TIME to celebrate on either fronts.

We are now a community in MOURNING.

Out of RESPECT for these two Brandon families who just LOST their CHILDREN, please CANCEL this parade!

These terrible accidents will continue to happen if the Dept. of Hwys doesn't start twinning #10 and repairing this heavely used road.

ALL of the students ALREADY KNOW the identities of the two young people killed.

They were a boyfriend and a girlfriend who had JUST GRADUATED!

The girl was BRILLIANT!

She was VERY POPULAR, outgoing, VERY friendly, a VERY social person, well liked, loved and planning to become a brain surgeon.

She was VERY ACADEMIC, fun, she played music with the local school band, she danced, I believe.

Her boyfriend had just moved here from Germany a year ago.

MOST of the students are in GREAT, DEEP SHOCK!

She went to school at Vincent Massey and her boyfriend went to school at Crocus Plains.

They had both JUST GRADUATED from High School.

This is just a TERRIBLE, VERY UNFORTUNATE shock and tragedy!

MANY people already know who these two individuals are but I am not going to reveal their names publicly here.

Most Brandonites will recognize the last name of the JUST GRADUATED, very bright young woman.

For even this reason alone, I think that the parade that was planned for today should be CANCELLED.

My family and I are having NO PART in it and instead we are travelling to Souris and or elsewhere to HELP THEM in their flood fight.

I TOTALLY AGREE with the writer who stated that we should WAIT and CELEBRATE together with these other communities AFTER the worst of their battle is over.

I REALLY LIKE Mayor Shari but on this issue, I disagree with her and City Council`s decision.

Out of RESPECT for the Brandon families involved, PLEASECANCELTHEPARADE

Is the highway open yet?

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