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Two killed in Brunkild crash

Three collisions keep ambulance copter busy Saturday

Posted: 08/25/2013 3:19 AM | Comments: 0

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Two people are dead and four others injured after a head-on collision near Brunkild on Saturday afternoon.

A 22-year-old Winnipeg man was travelling northbound on Highway 3, about four kilometres south of Brunkild, when his vehicle drifted into the southbound lane, side-swiped one vehicle and collided head-on with the vehicle behind it, driven by a 48-year-old man from Hochfeld, RCMP said.

Both drivers died in the collision.

RCMP received a call at 3:48 p.m., and crews arrived shortly after 4 p.m, RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Line Karpish said.

The STARS air ambulance helicopter -- kept busy with two earlier serious crashes -- landed on the highway and its crew helped triage and treat the four injured people before transporting them to hospital.

"Multiple ground EMS units, fire and RCMP were already on the scene," STARS spokesperson Colin Fast said in an email. "Given the number of people involved, all services had to work closely together to assess the patients and get them to hospital quickly.

"Two young children and one adult female were transported by ground ambulance to (Health Sciences Centre). One young female adult was flown in the STARS helicopter to Health Sciences Centre," Fast said.

Brunkild is 30 kilometres southwest of Winnipeg.

This was the third automobile accident STARS attended in just over 12 hours Saturday. A car travelling westbound on an unmarked road near Belmont about 8 a.m. drove past a stop sign and was T-boned by a pickup truck going north.

The 44-year-old driver of the car was airlifted to a Winnipeg hospital, while the pickup truck driver suffered minor injuries.

Fast said ground crews took about an hour to extract the man from his car, and he was airlifted to hospital with serious upper-body injuries.

Belmont is 200 kilometres west of Winnipeg. Alcohol has not been ruled out as a factor in the crash.

The STARS unit also attended a rollover near Portage la Prairie at about 3 a.m.

-- Staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 25, 2013 A3

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