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Two-car head-on collision near Neepawa kills drivers

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TWO drivers are dead following a head-on collision Saturday afternoon east of Neepawa that puzzles both the Neepawa mayor and the reeve of the rural municipality of Langford.

RCMP had yet to release the ages, genders or hometowns of the two deceased by Sunday evening.

Neepawa Mayor Ken Waddell said he has few details about the crash, despite the proximity to his town, and no additional information from the RCMP.

He said he asked hospital staff about it but because of privacy laws, they couldn't release any more information than the RCMP.

"I saw a picture from the site. The vehicles met semi head-on with the wheels locked. Debris from the vehicles stretched 100 yards before the vehicles came to rest," Waddell said Sunday.

Waddell said he heard there was a passenger in one of the vehicles but was unable to confirm that on the weekend. RCMP said the drivers of the vehicles were the sole occupants.

The crash occurred just before 1 p.m. Saturday on Highway 16.

The day was clear, it was sunny and there was no ice on that section of the highway, a busy artery that ends just west of Portage la Prairie at the Trans-Canada Highway.

Waddell, along with Langford Reeve Kathy Jasienczyk, said with the road clear and visibility good, they both had questions about how the crash happened.

"But we have no way of knowing," Jasienczyk said.

RCMP said in their statement about the crash both Neepawa RCMP and local emergency services were dispatched to the scene.

The Mounties expect to release more information today.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 9, 2013 A7

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