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RCMP officer killed in head-on collision on North Perimeter

A serious multi-vehicle accident on the north Perimeter Highway near Route 90 happened Friday.

DANIEL CRUMP / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

A serious multi-vehicle accident on the north Perimeter Highway near Route 90 happened Friday.

A Manitoba RCMP officer is dead following a head-on crash on the North Perimeter Highway Friday.

Officer Al Poapst was tragically killed in the crash, a source told the Free Press. RCMP have not yet publicly identified the officer nor released more details. 

Emergency crews clean up while RCMP investigate at the scene of the accident on Route 90 near the North Perimeter highway Friday evening.

DANIEL CRUMP / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Emergency crews clean up while RCMP investigate at the scene of the accident on Route 90 near the North Perimeter highway Friday evening.

The collision happened around 5 p.m. near the intersection of Hwy. 7. Numerous police, fire and paramedic vehicles attended the scene, along with STARS Air Ambulance.

"We are deeply saddened to announce that one of our officers died in a motor vehicle collision on the Perimeter Highway this afternoon while on duty. Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time. More details will be provided tomorrow," RCMP announced on their Twitter account late Friday evening.

A source told the Free Press a vehicle is believed to have lost control, crossed the median and struck the officer's vehicle. Only one person was taken to hospital, and there's no word on any other injuries.

Conditions were extremely slippery due to snowfall accumulation during the day.

On Saturday, Premier Brian Pallister expressed his condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the RCMP officer.

"On behalf of all Manitobans, thank you for your dedication and service," Pallister posted on Twitter

 

A serious multi-vehicle accident took place on the north Perimeter Highway near Route 90 Friday evening disrupting traffic for several hours.

DANIEL CRUMP / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

A serious multi-vehicle accident took place on the north Perimeter Highway near Route 90 Friday evening disrupting traffic for several hours.

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History

Updated on Friday, December 13, 2019 at 11:28 PM CST: Adds photos.

December 14, 2019 at 9:46 AM: Adds premier's statement

11:07 AM: Adds photo

12:08 PM: Adds name of officer.

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