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SUV driver dead in rural accident

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ALCOHOL was a factor in a highway fatality near Ashern that claimed the life of a 40-year-old man, the RCMP say.

Ashern RCMP say that just before 4 a.m. Saturday, they answered a call about a crash 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.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. His name will not be released.

The passenger, a 26-year-old man from Lake Manitoba First Nation, had been buckled up and was able to extricate himself from the vehicle.

He was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

House fire probed

A house fire overnight in the North End is under investigation, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service said Saturday.

Fire crews were called shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday to 43 Powers St. There were no injuries but the flames had spread and the damage was extensive. A car parked behind the house was also destroyed.

Damage to the house and contents was estimated at $100,000.

-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 18, 2014 A3

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