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UPDATE: Bad driving conditions close Trans Canada

Emergency crews attended the scene of a rollover collision involving a semi-trailer on the east bound lane of the Trans-Canada Highway, one and half miles east of Virden on Friday. (Courtesy Virden RCMP)

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Emergency crews attended the scene of a rollover collision involving a semi-trailer on the east bound lane of the Trans-Canada Highway, one and half miles east of Virden on Friday. (Courtesy Virden RCMP)

Manitoba Highways has closed a section of the Trans-Canada Highway due to poor winter driving.

As of 6:15 p.m., the highway was closed between Headingley to Portage La Prairie. Closure gates or variable message signs may not be present a closure locations.

East of Winnipeg, the Trans Canada has been closed from Winnipeg city limits to Highway 207.

Trans-Canada traffic was slow on Friday due to slippery roads and swirling snow. Earlier Friday morning a semi truck rolled onto its side just east of Virden, blocking the east-bound lanes of the Trans-Canada Highway for several hours. Traffic was re-routed into the west-bound lanes. The semi has since been cleared from the highway.

No other vehicles were involved in that rollover, and no injuries were reported, but it was just one of several rollovers and collisions reported in Brandon and Westman.

Another semi was hit by a car this morning in a minor collision at First Street and Park Avenue. Another collision, on Victoria Avenue near 50th Street, left one person injured after a car apparently clipped the back end of a truck. And, a collision last night on Magazine Road near Shilo left a man seriously injured.

Most of the roads in Westman have fairly good visibility, although swirling snow is causing issues while passing or meeting traffic. However, the road surface is said to be snow-covered or ice-covered, and slippery sections are being reported across the area.

Temperatures are expected to fall today, with a low of -10 C and 2–4 cm more snow.

Current road conditions from Manitoba's highways department is embedded below:

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