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Bomb squad responds to two-car crash

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All lanes on Portage Avenue at Empress Street and Valour Road were reopened shortly after 11 a.m. on Monday after a suspicious package resembling a pipe bomb was found by police in a car involved in a collision around 7 a.m.

The Winnipeg Police Service Bomb Unit was called in to neutralize the device, which police said was "realistic looking" and designed to look like a pipe bomb. A bomb unit robot detonated the package around 10 a.m. without incident and determined it was a hoax device.

Police said a Mitsubishi car was speeding westbound on Portage Avenue approaching Strathona Street when it collided with a GMC Jimmy as it was making a turn westbound onto Portage Avenue from Strathcona Street.

The drivers of both vehicles, men aged 47 and 39, are in hospital in stable condition.

The suspicious device was discovered in the Mitsubishi. The case is still under investigation as police examine other contents found in the  car.

Police said all precautions were taken to ensure the safety of officers and residents of the neighbourhood. Police had taped up the area to investigate and emergency personnel were on the scene for several hours.

The driver of the Mitsubishi has been issued a provincial offence notice for imprudent driving. No criminal charges have yet been laid.

Police said excessive speed is believed to be a contributing factor in the collision.

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Updated on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:44 AM CST: Adds details

11:15 AM: Adds road closure info

11:17 AM: Package detonated.

12:14 PM: Roads reopened

12:54 PM: Adds details

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