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Driver dies after crash near Dauphin

A Brandon man whose truck plunged off the road near Dauphin has died, police say.

The 21-year-old was the only person in a pickup that fell about 15 feet into a creekbed where a culvert has washed out, near the community of Keld, on Tuesday evening. He was taken to hospital in critical condition that night. Police said this morning that he later died. His name has not been released.

Witnesses say that a 2011 Dodge Ram pickup was westbound on Road 142 North, southwest of Dauphin, when the crash happened. The pickup, which was travelling at high speed, went off an embankment and into the creek bed. Although culverts at the location had been washed out, police say the site was well-marked with barricades and warning signs. Road conditions and visibility were reported to be good at the time of the collision.

Police say the cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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If these roads are washed out, then perhaps it is TIME that something MORE SUBSTANTIAL than warning signs, barricades be placed there so that there can be NO ACCESS on them whatsoever.

This is TWO deaths now, in a row, in a very short time, on provincial roads.

Perhaps large trucks, cement blocks or something should be placed on these roads so that there is NO ACCESS whatsoever on them.

If entering onto these roads could lead to the death of any Manitoban, then I feel that the Highways Dept. is negligent and perhaps needs to do MORE to protect drivers within Manitoba.

Do the signs adequately indicate the seriousness of the condition of these roads?

What MORE should be done to protect Manitobans?

Perhaps just placing signs up is NOT enough.

Perhaps the Highways Dept. needs to do MORE to ensure the safety of all Manitobans.

To not do so is negligence causing death and is punishable by law.

Is ENOUGH being done to protect Manitobans on these life-threating roads?

Perhaps the RCMP need to contact the media via using all radio outlets, television, the internet with an education campaign of some sort to indicate exactly what a washed out road means and to indicate which roads those are.

I think that MORE can and should be done to ensure the safety of all Manitobans on life-threatening roads.

IF signs can no longer be trusted to be left in place, then Plan A needs to be IMMEDIATELY revamped and then re-implemented to keep drivers safe.

What should Plan A now look like?

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