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Trucker charged with killing two in construction zone crash in Manitoba

Trucker charged with killing two in construction zone crash in Manitoba

CARMAN, MAN. — Manitoba RCMP say a semi driver is facing charges in the deaths of two people after he allegedly drove into a lineup of vehicles stopped in a construction zone.

The collision happened Thursday (July 2) morning on Highway 2 near the small community of Fannystelle, about 60 kilometres southwest of Winnipeg.

Mounties say several vehicles were stopped in the eastbound lane in a marked construction zone, when the truck allegedly started a chain-reaction crash.

A seven-year old girl from Winnipeg, who was a passenger in one vehicle, and 61-year old man from the rural municipality of St. Andrews, who was on a motorcycle, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Fifteen others were injured.

Two girls, who are 10 and 14, along with a 22-year-old woman, are in hospital with serious injuries.

The trucker, a 56-year-old man from Saskatchewan, is in custody and faces charges that include dangerous driving causing death and criminal negligence causing death.

 

© 2020 The Canadian Press

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