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A 22-year-old Winnipeg woman was killed on Highway 8 after the sport utility vehicle in which she was a passenger passed another vehicle, then fish-tailed and rolled.
Earlier in the day, a 75-year-old St. Andrews man died when his car collided with another car and then a pickup truck on Highway 9 south of Lockport.
The names of both victims have not been released while RCMP notify their families.
The young woman was in a Toyota 4Runner travelling south, just south of Highway 27. When the driver pulled back into the right-hand lane after passing, the driver lost control and the SUV rolled numerous times, according to Selkirk RCMP.
The driver and another passenger were taken to hospital. All were wearing seatbelts.
The earlier accident happened at about 2 p.m. south of Provincial Road 410.
An older-model, four-door, dark purple Chevy Lumina was travelling south on Highway 9 when it lost control and struck another southbound vehicle before swerving into the northbound lane. The Lumina crashed into an oncoming newer-model, light-coloured Chevy 1500 pickup truck before hitting a guardrail at Park's Creek Drive.
The impact of the crash pushed the Lumina up against the guardrail, facing north.
The driver of the Lumina was pronounced dead at the scene and paramedics from the St. Andrews fire department removed the body from the badly damaged car shortly after 3 p.m.
The pickup truck sustained extensive front-end damage in the collision, and ended up in the middle of the four-lane highway. The only occupant of the pickup was transported to a Winnipeg hospital.
The lone occupant of the first car with which the Lumina collided was not injured.
Selkirk RCMP closed down two lanes of Highway 9 for about two hours.
Roads in the area were covered in fresh snow and very slippery at the time of both crashes.
RCMP across southern Manitoba were kept busy attending weather-related accidents on Christmas Eve.
Around 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, a semi-truck hit the bridge rail and jack-knifed off the Trans-Canada Highway on the Grand Valley turnoff west of Brandon. The 46-year-old driver was thrown from the semi and sent to hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
An hour later on the Trans-Canada Highway near Brandon, a Good Samaritan stopped to help a vehicle that had slid into the ditch and was rear-ended by another vehicle.
"We've been very lucky, there have been no major injuries," said Brandon RCMP Const. Dana McCallum.
Some motorists braved the storm and still set out on the highways.
-- With files from Brandon Sun