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A Manitoba RCMP dog handler is in hospital with serious injuries and one service dog was euthanized after a collision Friday near Saskatoon.

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A Manitoba RCMP dog handler is in hospital with serious injuries and one service dog was euthanized after a collision Friday near Saskatoon.

A Manitoba RCMP dog handler is in hospital with serious injuries and one of two service dogs travelling with him was euthanized after a collision Friday on a Saskatchewan highway.

The collision occurred about 6:15 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 16 and 71st Street West just outside Saskatoon when a westbound Chevrolet 3/4 ton truck collided with the southbound RCMP Suburban.

The RCMP officer was extracted from the vehicle by the Saskatoon Fire Department and was transported to hospital where he remains with serious injuries.

"It is a police service dog handler from Manitoba that was injured and clearly, right now, our thoughts are with him and his family as he embarks on his long journey to recovery," said Sgt. Line Karpish of the Winnipeg RCMP. The officer is from the RCMP ‘D’ division located in Winnipeg.

The lone male driver of the other vehicle was also taken to hospital but no information was released by Regina RCMP about his condition.

The two RCMP service dogs travelling in the unmarked RCMP Suburban were also injured in the crash and transported to the University of Saskatchewan's emergency veterinary unit for treatment. One of the dogs suffered minor injuries but the second dog was euthanized due to the seriousness of his injuries.

The investigation of the collision is continuing with the assistance of an RCMP collision reconstructionist.

ashley.prest@freepress.mb.ca

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