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Treherne man dies in head-on crash

Emergency personnel inspect a mangled red car east of Souris on Monday, following a fatal collision on Highway 2 where a car struck a pickup truck head-on. A 20-year-old man from Treherne died and a 57-year-old man from Souris has life-threatening injuries. (Ian Froese/The Brandon Sun)

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Emergency personnel inspect a mangled red car east of Souris on Monday, following a fatal collision on Highway 2 where a car struck a pickup truck head-on. A 20-year-old man from Treherne died and a 57-year-old man from Souris has life-threatening injuries. (Ian Froese/The Brandon Sun)

A 20-year-old man from Treherne died Monday morning when the car he was driving hit a pickup truck.

The man, travelling westbound on Highway 2, was attempting to pass a semi-trailer a few kilometres east of Souris. As he drove on the other lane, he struck an eastbound pickup truck head-on.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the pickup truck, a 57-year-old man from Souris, suffered life-threatening injuries and was flown to Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg by STARS air ambulance. Early investigation shows he was the lone person involved in the crash not wearing a seatbelt.

There were no passengers in either vehicle.

Police did not speculate on a potential cause for the crash, but Blue Hills RCMP Cpl. Mike Boychuk said visibility was poor and the highway was covered in snow at the time.

Highway 2, between Road 122W and Road 120W, was shut down until nearly 3 p.m. Monday, with the Souris Fire Department and later RCMP rerouting traffic around the crash onto neighbouring gravel roads.

At the scene more than 100 feet east of Road 121W, emergency personnel inspected the two vehicles, stationed in the middle of the highway for hours. The front end of the car was severely mangled; the truck was dented in the front, its driver-side door left open.

A forensic collision reconstructionist is assisting the RCMP in their ongoing investigation. 

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