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Trans-Canada traffic resumes after semi-trailer collision

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A collision between two semi-trailers sent one man to hospital and caused a leak that briefly shut down a lane on the TransCanada highway west of Portage la Prairie, RCMP reported Wednesday morning.

The RCMP did not say how long traffic was slowed as a result of the collision but they said the oil and antifreeze that leaked from one of the trucks was cleaned up and traffic flow was back to normal as of mid-morning.

Just after 4 a.m. on Wednesday, Portage la Prairie RCMP as well as Portage la Prairie EMS and MacGregor Fire Department, responded to the crash west of Portage.

One semi truck and trailer collided with a second semi truck and trailer that was merging from the shoulder onto the TransCanada at the location. Both were rolling westbound on Highway 1.

A 46-year-old male driver from MacGregor was transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, RCMP said.

As a result of the collision, one semi truck began leaking oil and antifreeze and was unable to drive off the highway. Westbound traffic was down to one lane of travel while the fire department cleaned up the spill and a tow truck arrived to remove the semi truck. All lanes of traffic are now open.

No further information is available at this time.

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