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Trans-Canada reopened near Virden after seven-car pileup

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RCMP are cautioning motorists to drive to the conditions of the road after blowing snow and poor visibility led to a seven-car pileup that temporarily closed the Trans-Canada Highway in western Manitoba.

No one was injured in the domino smash-up, which started with a crash between a semi-trailer and a pickup truck just before 1 p.m.

Officers from Melita and Virden RCMP responded to the vehicle collision on Highway 1, three kilometres east of the Oak Lake turnoff.

The initial collision occurred in the eastbound lane; before it was over there were seven vehicles tangled up in the crash, the result of three separate collisions.

RCMP closed the highway for an hour and a half to clear away the vehicles. Late this afternoon, they issued a notice that the highway was open again.

RCMP advise motorists to adjust their driving for the weather conditions. Slow down, drive with caution and increase your distance between other vehicles.

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