Cassandra Shand and her one-month-old boy, Jason, pictured with the baby’s father, were struck by a semi-trailer while at a stop sign along
Highway 250 near Alexander on Tuesday. The pair suffered non-life-threatening injuries. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
A mother and her one-month-old boy are lucky to be alive after a semi-trailer collided with their pickup truck on Tuesday.
Shortly before 7:30 a.m., Brandon RCMP and local fire and emergency services were dispatched to the scene of the two-vehicle collision along Highway 250 near Alexander.
Cassandra Shand, a 22-year-old from Shilo, was behind the wheel of her pickup truck.
Police said it looked like Shand pulled out onto the Trans-Canada Highway in front of the semi-trailer, which crashed into her, causing the pickup to spin and end up in a ditch.
The mother and child were brought to a nearby hospital for observation and were later discharged after suffering non-life-threatening injuries.
"All I remember is being stopped at a stop sign and ending up in the ditch," Shand told the Sun Tuesday afternoon.
"I can’t really explain what happened because I don’t even know what happened."
She said her vehicle rolled into the ditch and will probably be a writeoff.
Shand had her baby boy Jason with her while she was on route, delivering copies of the Brandon Sun. Shand has been a delivery driver for the Sun for just over a year and often brings Jason along for the ride.
"He’s a good boy," she said. "He usually just sleeps."
But after this incident she admits that arrangement may change. She plans on being back on the road and at work today, but said Jason will be staying home with his father.
Brandon police say the 55-year-old Lorette man driving the semi-trailer was not injured.
Police have also charged Shand under the Highway Traffic Act for proceeding before it is safe to do so.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 18, 2013