Semi crash on Perimeter Highway west of Winnipeg sends 2 to hospital

Two people were taken to hospital in unstable condition after a crash between two semis and another vehicle on the Perimeter Highway just outside Winnipeg Friday morning.

One of the semis jackknifed on the northbound lanes of the Perimeter at Portage Avenue early in the morning, according to an RCMP news release Friday afternoon.

A towing company arrived and one tow truck driver stopped behind that semi to warn drivers of the closure, RCMP say. The driver also used an illuminated wand to direct oncoming traffic to change lanes, while a second tow truck was parked in front of the semi to assist with the move.

A second, northbound semi then arrived and hit the rear tow truck, RCMP said, sending both into the jackknifed semi. 

The rear tow truck driver saw the second semi coming and managed to get out of the way before the collision.

Both semi drivers were taken to hospital in unstable condition, though RCMP say their conditions are now stable. Each sustained injuries.

Semi on fire

When Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service crews arrived near the Portage overpass around 6:15 a.m., one of the semis was on fire, according to a city news release earlier in the day.

Firefighters worked to douse the flames while others got a person out of another vehicle.

Emergency crews also contained a fuel spill at the site.

The Perimeter near the Assiniboia Downs and the Red River Exhibition grounds was bottlenecked in the morning, police said in a tweet Friday morning.

“Rerouting of vehicles has caused heavy congestion in the immediate area,” the tweet said.

Police asked motorists to avoid the area.

One of the semi-trailer trucks was a FedEx vehicle and the other was carrying scrap metal, which littered the ground next to the crash.

RCMP continue to investigate.

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