CHARLES TWEED/BRANDON SUN
Tracks are evident early Sunday where a minivan went through an intersection and rolled near the Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 270, about eight kilometres west of Brandon. A Dauphin man is dead and two Brandon residents are in hospital following the crash.
Alcohol, speed and traffic violations are all believed to be factors in a crash that killed a Dauphin man and sent two Brandon residents to hospital early Sunday morning.
Shortly before 2 a.m., police and emergency services were dispatched to the intersection on the Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 270, about eight kilometres west of Brandon.
According to police, a silver Kia Sedona minivan was located about 150 metres south of the intersection after it rolled multiple times before coming to rest in a field.
"We are still investigating and there is still a lot of work to be done, but at this point we are comfortable saying that alcohol, speed and some traffic violations contributed to this crash," Sgt. Line Karpish said.
During the crash, a 43-year-old man from Dauphin was ejected from the van. He was transported to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
A 34-year-old woman and 43-year-old man, both from Brandon, were also transported to the Brandon hospital and according to police are in serious, but stable condition.
Highway 270 south ends at the Trans-Canada Highway, but there is a gravel road that veers to the right on the south side of the Trans-Canada. On Sunday, skid marks careening off a gravel road to the south of the Trans-Canada Highway were still evident.
Karpish said a criminal crash investigation team was called to the scene to examine the circumstances.
Criminal crash teams are often called in to investigate when criminal charges are expected to be laid.
"Fatal crashes and serious crashes, where there is a suggestion that there may have been some sort of criminal offence that occurred, are very serious, especially when alcohol is believed to be a factor," Karpish said.
The accident comes one week prior to the Thanksgiving holiday when many people will travel to visit family and friends.
"This is a grim reminder, with the long weekend coming up, if people are planning on socializing or going places where alcohol is going to be consumed that plans are made ahead of time to get home safe," Karpish said. "Plan for a ride, plan on staying, but don’t plan on driving because that is a deadly combination."
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 1, 2012