WINNIPEG — Two drivers are dead following a head-on collision Saturday afternoon east of Neepawa in an accident that puzzles both the Neepawa mayor and the Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Langford.
RCMP, who continue to investigate the crash in the grip of an Arctic deep freeze, had yet to release the ages, genders or hometowns of the two deceased by Sunday evening.
Neepawa Mayor Ken Waddell said he had few details about the crash, despite the proximity to his town, and no additional information from the RCMP. He said he’d asked hospital staff about it but because of privacy laws, they couldn’t release any more information than the RCMP.
“I saw a picture from the site, the vehicles met semi-head on, with the wheels locked. Debris from the vehicles stretched 100 yards before the vehicles came to rest,” Waddell said.
Waddell said he’d heard there had been a passenger in one of the vehicles but he was unable to confirm that on the weekend, and RCMP said drivers of both vehicles were the sole occupants.
The crash occurred just before 1 p.m. Saturday on Highway 16.
The day was clear, it was sunny, and there was no ice on that section of the highway, a busy artery that stretches from Edmonton through Saskatchewan and ends just west of Portage la Prairie.
Waddell, along with Langford Reeve Kathy Jasienczyk, said that with the road clear and visibility good, they both had questions about how the crash happened.
“But we have no way of knowing,” Jasienczyk said.
RCMP said in their statement about the crash that both Neepawa RCMP and local emergency services were dispatched to the scene. The Mounties released no additional information on Sunday.
» Winnipeg Free Press
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 9, 2013