2 girls seriously injured in St. Vital crash
Police closed part of Ste. Anne's Road, Bishop Grandin Boulevard after pedestrians hit by vehicle
Two girls remain in a Winnipeg hospital Tuesday night after they were hit by a vehicle at Bishop Grandin Boulevard and St. Anne's Road earlier in the day.
The crash happened about 12:30 p.m., when two pedestrians were struck by a vehicle.
Backpacks could be seen strewn across the intersection after the crash.
Two girls were taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries. Police said Tuesday evening that one girl has been upgraded to stable condition, while the other girl is in unstable condition.
Officials with the Louis Riel School Division would only say the girls are students in Grades 6 to 8.
"At this time our primary concern is for these students and their families," superintendent Duane Brothers said in a statement.
"These students are well known by their peers and staff at their school and we will continue to have members of the Clinical Student Services Team in the school to support students and staff during this challenging time."
For much of the afternoon, St. Anne's was closed from Meadowood Drive to Lavalee Road and Bishop Grandin was closed between Dakota Street and Lakewood Boulevard.
However, both areas reopened to traffic shortly after 5 p.m.
Emergency crews were called back to the same area — Bishop Grandin Boulevard and Dakota Street — for an five-vehicle crash just after 4 p.m. No one was hurt in that mishap.
Intersection not safe, say parents
Some parents of students who attend schools in the area say they don't let their children walk across the busy intersection where the crash took place.
Ernest Lefebvre, whose children go to a school nearby, said the intersection is dangerous because people drive too fast.
"It's always just people racing around, it seems…. For kids, that's not a very safe environment," he said.
"It's basically like a battleground trying to cross the road."
His daughter, Grade 6 student Destinee Lefebvre, said it's difficult to cross the intersection safely.
"It's only like 30 seconds, so you press the button and when it goes and then you're halfway through, not even, and it's done and then you're like, 'Uh, I have to wait here again.' And people don't care as soon as it goes — they're just zooming by," she said.
Ajay Kumar said he picks up his children from school and would never let them cross the high-speed route on their own.
"The traffic is flowing pretty fast from Dakota, and the speed limit is 80, and the traffic light turns for a few seconds … then people try to make it," he said.
But Brothers said now is not the time to discuss ways to fix the intersection.
"We would want to keep our focus on how those kids are doing and their families," he told CBC News.
"After we move through that process and supporting these folks, we'll take a look at things further."