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Neepawa man dies in crash near Gladstone

A 69-year-old man died on Friday after a crash on a slippery highway near Gladstone. Two other people were injured.

Police say that Richard Gutowski of Neepawa was in a car travelling east on Highway 16, late Friday morning, when the vehicle spun out of control and struck a westbound pickup.

Gutowski was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two people in the pickup were treated for injuries suffered in the crash.

Police say the highway was closed for about three hours as they investigated the collision, which happened about 10 km west of Gladstone, or about 25 km east of Neepawa.

Due to temperatures hovering around the freezing mark, yesterday was a bad day on the highways.

Around 7 a.m., a 25-year-old man was taken to Winnipeg with life-threatening injuries after his southbound pickup truck rolled near the Rivers turnoff on Highway 10, before coming to a rest on its wheels.

Souris RCMP, local fire and EMS were dispatched to the call.

Again, police say slippery road conditions were a factor in the crash.

RCMP Sgt. Rob Lockhart said roads across Manitoba were treacherous yesterday and caused a multi-vehicle crash on the Perimeter Highway in Winnipeg.

At least one person was taken to hospital as a result.

“The guys are saying it’s just nuts,” Lockhart said.

“We have the bad weather and low-visibility conditions, as drivers you need to slow down, you need to increase the following distance, drive with caution, focus on the road and prepare for delays.”

According to Staff Sgt. Mike Zens, Brandon area RCMP responded to four highway incidents between Thursday evening and Friday afternoon.

» gbruce@brandonsun.com

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 25, 2014

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A 69-year-old man died on Friday after a crash on a slippery highway near Gladstone. Two other people were injured.

Police say that Richard Gutowski of Neepawa was in a car travelling east on Highway 16, late Friday morning, when the vehicle spun out of control and struck a westbound pickup.

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A 69-year-old man died on Friday after a crash on a slippery highway near Gladstone. Two other people were injured.

Police say that Richard Gutowski of Neepawa was in a car travelling east on Highway 16, late Friday morning, when the vehicle spun out of control and struck a westbound pickup.

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