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One man died after this collision at the intersection of Highway 59 and Road 32 East near Libau.

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One man died after this collision at the intersection of Highway 59 and Road 32 East near Libau.

Three people died as a result of highway crashes in Manitoba during the May long weekend.

One man died and two people were in hospital after a two-vehicle crash Monday afternoon near Libau.

The crash took place on Highway 59 at Road 32 East just after 2 p.m., Selkirk RCMP reported.

RCMP said a pickup truck T-boned a second pickup truck at the intersection. One was travelling south and the other west. There were two occupants in the westbound pickup and one in the southbound pickup.

The male driver of the westbound vehicle was killed. His female passenger was taken to hospital with undetermined injuries, as was the male driver of the southbound vehicle, RCMP said.

A STARS air ambulance was dispatched at 2:12 p.m. Monday to the crash scene, Colin Fast, a STARS spokesman, said in an email.

The STARS helicopter transported a man in his 30s "with trauma-related injuries" to Health Science Centre, Fast said.

It was the third STARS mission in 24 hours, Fast said.

Both pickups sat in the ditch beside Highway 59 as investigators probed the crash.

The view from the scene showed what appeared to be a knocked-over stop sign, although it wasn't known how the sign was knocked over.

An RCMP forensic traffic reconstructionist helped with the investigation. Officers from Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship helped RCMP with traffic control.

Traffic was slowed at the crash site and some traffic was rerouted. Southbound traffic was backed up a couple of kilometres.

Highway 59 north, two kilometres south of Highway 317, reopened Monday evening, RCMP reported.

The section of Highway 59 is at the Libau Access Road.

RCMP spokeswoman Tara Seel said the long weekend was bad for highway traffic collisions.

On Saturday morning in Moose Lake, RCMP responded to a single-vehicle rollover at 8 a.m. The driver and lone occupant of the truck, a 49-year-old Moose Lake man, was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

RCMP say he was not wearing a seatbelt.

Just before 4 a.m. Saturday, RCMP responded to another highway fatality near Ashern that claimed the life of a 40-year-old man. The accident occurred on Old 514 Road, approximately five kilometres north of Highway 68. Officers arrived and discovered an SUV on its roof.

The driver of the vehicle, a 40-year-old man from the RM of Grahamdale, was not wearing a seatbelt and had been ejected from the vehicle. RCMP said they suspect alcohol may have played a role in the crash.

"It is tragic for those families and for those communities," Seel said in an email.

"...Not wearing a seatbelt was a factor in more than one of the fatalities," she added.

Meantime, STARS responded Sunday afternoon to an ATV incident near Belair Road, west of Highway 59, and another ATV incident at Seddons Corner at the intersection of Highways 44 and 214 Sunday night.

A male in his late teens was taken to HSC in the first case and a woman in her mid-20s was taken to HSC in the latter case. Their conditions were not known Monday night.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 20, 2014 A4

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