Only non-life-threatening injuries were sustained in a wreck involving 15 semi trucks and up to 10 cars in Manitoba on Thursday.
The pile-up crash happened on the afternoon of February 24th in Manitoba, Canada on Highway 1 west of Brandon.
“The roads are extremely icy there. I know they did sand them earlier this morning but the sand just wasn’t able to get through the ice,”said Corp. Julie Courchaine, the media relations officer with Manitoba RCMP.
According to CTV News, the wreck involving 15 tractor trailers and between 5 to 10 passenger vehicles occurred due to icy roads. Three people sustained non-life threatening injuries in the incident and were transported to the hospital. All are expected to recover.
The massive pile-up forced the closure of the roadway as crews worked to haul away the wrecked vehicles. The westbound lanes were reopened at 7 p.m. and the eastbound lanes were reopened by 11 p.m., reported Winnipeg News.
“There are a lot of vehicles involved. I was told that we have tow trucks coming from all over. I think there is some coming from Winnipeg. So it is going to take quite a bit of time,” Courchaine said of the incident.
“This winter has just been so much snow, so many highways closed and I think it is just a matter of planning before you go. Looking at the conditions and then determining if you will be able to make it out or not.”
Multi vehicle collision w/approx 20 semis & 5 passenger vehicles has closed #MBHwy1, in both directions, between Virden & Brandon. 3 transported to hospital w injuries. #MBHwy1 expected to be closed for an extended period of time. Detours in place. Please avoid the area. #rcmpmb pic.twitter.com/l9sqcvwJ90— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) February 24, 2022